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    Playing in Traffic (Gail Giles)

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    • Matt Lathrop is Mr. Cellophane, a high-school senior everyone looks right through. So he is shocked when Goth girl Skye Colby picks him as someone with whom she wants to share both her body and her secrets. Soon Matt realizes that there’s an underlying agenda, but he is still surprised when he learns what it is. Supporting the main story is a subplot in which Matt’s relationship with his adored younger sister is scarred by more secrets. Giles, who knows how to construct a tightly wound plot, continues to turn the tension up in this one. Her pacing is impeccable, and the story races along. The characterizations (of the kids, though not always the adults) are sharp and strong, and although the language is sometimes rough, it always sounds real. In the end, the event everything has been leading up to isn’t particularly shocking, nor will it elicit much sympathy from the reader. Despite that, there are few authors writing this sort of thriller, so expect fans of Nancy Werlin and Giles’ previous books to grab this one.

      Self-injury is not an integral part of the novel but it’s there.

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