Wednesday, July 22, 2015
"Young blood, I can't get you out of my mind." Song lyrics
The complex story tells of Lana Granger, a college student who has a limited trust fund. The manager of the trust advises her to get a job to supplement the trust income, something easy to do while she continues her studies. She sees a notice about a babysitting job and accepts the position.
Luke is the boy Lana will be taking care of. He's age eleven and has a troubled past. He's been expelled from numerous schools and is a demanding and controlling boy.
Lana's own life has been a nightmare. There is a major memory of her mother's death and now her college roommate, Beck, disappears. Beck (short for Rebecca) is also Lana's best friend.
The reader learns that Lana is a habitual liar so it's difficult to know when to believe her. There are questions about Beck's disappearance and that of another girl a few years before. Lana's reaction to these incidents don't seem to make her very upset. She comes across as a self centered and selfish woman. She is also hard to like.
However, as the reader learns more about her past, feelings change. There are some surprises to the story and one of them had me wondering how it could be possible.
Luke, although only eleven, seems to make Lana do his bidding and I found this unlikely.
Overall, not many likable characters. The story does move fast but I wish there was more to it.