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Blurb (from Goodreads):
The Stranger Game is a dark, suspenseful, and twisty young adult novel—perfect for fans of Lauren Oliver and E. Lockhart—about fifteen-year-old Nico Walker, whose sister returns home after a four-year disappearance.
When Nico Walker's older sister mysteriously disappears, her parents, family, and friends are devastated. But Nico can never admit what she herself feels: relief at finally being free of Sarah's daily cruelties.
Then the best and worst thing happens: four years later, after dozens of false leads, Sarah is found.
But this girl is much changed from the one Nico knew. She's thin and drawn, where Sarah had been golden and athletic; timid and unsure, instead of brash and competitive; and strangest of all, sweet and kind, when she had once been mean and abusive. Sarah's retrograde amnesia has caused her to forget almost everything about her life, from small things like the plots of her favorite books and her tennis game to the more critical—where she's been the last four years and what happened at the park on the fateful day she vanished. Despite the happy ending, the dark details of that day continue to haunt Nico, and it becomes clear that more than one person knows the true story of what happened to Sarah. . . .
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was a YA mystery story, about a girl missing for 4 years who finally came home.
I felt quite sorry for Nico in this story, having her sister come back after 4 years, when she believed her to be dead couldn’t have been easy, and the media attention could only make things worse.
“I really don’t want reporters and media calling the house or coming by.”
The storyline in this was about Nico’s sister Sarah being found 4 years after she disappeared, and returning home to her family. We had a bit over mystery over how and why she had been taken, especially as she had amnesia concerning the event, and we also had the nagging question over whether or not the girl in question was really Sarah or not. This mystery aspect was pretty good, although I did find the pace quite slow.
"Sarah would kill me if I told them about the situation with Paula and Max."
The ending to this was okay, and I liked that we got concrete answers to all the questions posed.
6.5 out of 10