With the boys' new fort finally finished, everything that summer was going great. And then the killer showed up.
During the summer of 1987, from their tree house fort in the woods, neighborhood boys Tim, Scott, and Luke spot a man holding a gun to missing 16-year-old Molly Peterson's back. The problem is, nobody believes their story, not even the police. As search efforts to find Molly dwindle, the boys know that she, and the man with the gun, are nearby - and that they must now find and save Molly themselves. A growing sense of honor and urgency forces the boys to take action - to find Molly, to protect themselves, and to stand guard for the last long days of summer.
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Dumb cop doesn't even try to check out the story of the boy witnesses.
Dumb psychologist who is not so sure the boys are lying, but has no drive to encourage dumb cop to try to check out the story of the boy witnesses.
Dumb parents who can't figure out their boys are telling the truth. Don't even try to check out the story.
Dumber police chief.
So much dumbness, the plot is really unbelievable.
Serial killer who is a shell-shocked Vietnam War vet. Real veterans should be angry at this book--another purveyor of traumatized Vietnam vet stereotype. Feels as if the author couldn't figure out how to motivate the villain through the entire book so latched on to the deranged veteran option mid-way.
Dumb boys who try to hunt down a serial killer.
Dumb siblings who are either delinquents or selfish, self-centered teens.
I got sucked in by the hype of the publisher's description and the few complimentary reviews by buyers. I was really looking forward to reading a story of friendship and lost innocence. Instead I got this thing . . .
One of the most disappointing purchases I've made. i am SO glad that I bought this book as a special purchase. Cheap. But it is so bad, I don't feel much comfort about the low price.
From other reviews, I expected more. Some parts of the story was disturbing, which I didn't realize in advance and didn't expect, but overall the story was non-eventful. I'm neutral on this book. I'm not overly fond of it, nor am I'm able to recommend it. I never felt compelled to rush back to complete it; which I do when a book has hooked me. For me, it was only a "filler" book to occupy my long commute to work. The story where every adult (parents and police) accuse the children in the story of fabricating a lie isn't believable. Maybe not improbable, but not truly believable either.
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