I love this cover. It sucked me in immediately. I’ve always liked survival stories, and this one looked intriguing. Whoa! It got intense in a hurry.
Andy and Robin are orphans, or so everyone “official” is telling them, even though the bodies of their parents have not been found. It’s a new role for them and they don’t like it. Not at all. Especially now that Uncle Conrad has come. Robin has no doubt, Conrad wants them dead, and he’s crazy enough to do it. With the children out of his way, Conrad would inherit their fortune.
So the kids take off into the swamp.
This one is fast-paced all the way through. The danger is immediate, and the setting is absolutely fabulous. Check this out:
To my left, the moon is breaking through the gray clouds now and frosting the landscape with a pale silver glow. It lights our way somewhat, but it makes the moss-covered limbs of the trees look like grotesque arms in ragged sleeves, beckoning as our shadows dance along beside us.
Now add to the foggy swamp alligators, the legend of an asylum escapee, and the mystery of the missing parents, and you have a real page-turner.
I do have a couple cautions: There are a few minor language incidences and some omg’s. And Uncle Conrads’ threats are pretty disturbing. He’s a real wacko who makes a game out of killing the children. It might be pretty freaky for younger readers, although I wouldn’t hesitate to hand it off to an eleven-year-old. There’s danger and some intense moments, but the outcome is quite mild. I read the whole thing in one sitting. I highly recommended it for adventure-loving boys.