Review: I had such high hopes about this book based on the summary. The book started off with such promise! A strange phone call in the middle of the night. Secrets that need to stay secrets. But then….the story just fizzled out. There was not a lot of depth to the characters. You couldn’t believe their secrets were SO horrible that they, in turn, had to harm and bully others to keep everything quiet. The book was very unrealistic and not scary at all. I would not recommend this book. There are plenty of much more interesting an scary thrillers out there to read.
Summary: In the vein of the teen suspense classics I Know What You Did Last Summer and The Face on the Milk Carton, Cold Calls is a chilling thriller, an unsettling mystery, and a provocative exploration of bullying, culpability, and the cost of keeping secrets.
Three high school students-Eric, Shelly, and Fatima-have one thing in common: “I know your secret.” Each one is blackmailed into bullying specifically targeted schoolmates by a mysterious caller who whispers from their cell phones and holds carefully guarded secrets over their heads. But how could anyone have obtained that photo, read those hidden pages, uncovered this buried past? Thrown together, the three teens join forces to find the stranger who threatens them-before time runs out and their shattering secrets are revealed . . .
This suspenseful, pitch-perfect mystery-thriller raises timely questions about privacy, bullying, and culpability.
Publisher: Clarion Books
Pages: 288 pages
Genres: Fiction, Suspense, Thriller
–Summary and image from goodreads.com