I had some quiet time this morning to finish reading the new Norma Fox Mazer, THE MISSING GIRL. Told in several voices, it is the story of a tumultuous family with five daughters: Autumn, Fancy, Mim, Stevie, and Beauty. As they go about their daily lives dealing with a mother who smokes so much she wheezes as she climbs stairs and a father on disability, and the slings and arrows of mean kids at school, they are being watched by a man. He fantasizes about which one would be the best one to take home for himself. That is when the creepiness begins to climb up the spine. It takes strong hold and does not let go in this novel of suspense and intensity.
Mazer has explored the dark side of human nature before. Her books have dealt with abuse (OUT OF CONTROL), loss of a loved family member (AFTER THE RAIN), and the Holocaust (G0OD NIGHT MAMAN). However, I think she might fly under the radar for some. Take her new novel to your teen readers and be sure to have her other titles nearby.