Ellie Cummings is hoping to have things return to "normal," but she knows that her life will never be normal again. Her mother was murdered and the police have never been able to catch her killer. Ellie and her father have just been going through the motions, trying to move on with her life. Ellie would love to talk about her mother and maybe get over her grief, but any time she brings up the subject to her dad, he refuses to discuss her and changes the subject. Ellie also is going through major upheaval in her high school life, her BFF Sarah is furious with her, because Ellie turned in her crush for a mean prank that he pulled on the awkward Gabe. Ellie knows that she has done right, and that Sarah should not be mad at her, but that doesn't help the sting that comes because she is mad at her. Her dad encourages her to move on to different friends, but Ellie can't remember a time without Sarah. It's through Sarah's betrayal that Ellie and Gabe become fast friends, even though there are some things about him that initially creep her out. It's through Gabe and his Inca legends that Ellie is somehow able to connect with her mom and eventually discover her killer. But will Ellie be able to deal with the truth of her mother's murder?
I really enjoyed this book! I don't think I've ever read a book quite like this, I loved the Huaca and the concept behind this Incan legend. I really liked Ellie and Gabe, and the way that they were able to become friends, even though everyone at school thought that Ellie should ignore him, I loved that she listened to her heart and really got to know him instead. I was so amazed by the ending of this book, I really had not figured out who the murderer was, so I didn't see it coming when the name was revealed. Wow! I can't wait to read more books by Marcia Mickelson!
I was able to read an e-copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Find out more about Marcia Mickelson and her books at her blog.
Labels: clean ya, Marcia Mickelson