Paperback, Uncorrected proof edition, 402 pages
Published January 2012 by Amulet Books (first published February 1st 2011)
Source: ARC sent from publisher
PLEASE DO NOT READ ON IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK
Let me just start with the crazy stuff that happened before that tragic ending. Okay, so the first person that gets killed is Micha's father, in the same way that the bad guy dies in the story. At this point I couldn't tell if Abel was a future-seer, but obviously that isn't true. I don't see how the social worker had to die, and I'm really glad the teacher ended up falling through the ice instead of Abel shooting him, so that he stayed alive. Now what shocked me... what didn't shock me? First, Abel rapes Anna, and I'm like WTF. Then she ignores him and I'm thinking good girl but you knew that wouldn't last for long. And the worst part of it is that she gets raped by him (and she's a virgin when it happens) and still wants to have sex with him! That just did not compute for me. And the ending. Oh, the ending! Michaelis wrote this book in such a way that you weren't sure if Abel really was the killer, but deep down you always kind of knew it. So he has sex with Anna (normal, non-rape, sex), but before that asks her if her parents would adopt Micha, which of course they would. He knows that the police know that he killed those two guys and nearly killed the teacher that was trying to help them find the mother (I couldn't believe that she had been dead all this time from suicide). So what does he do? Make sure Micha will be taken care of, waits until both Anna and Micha are downstairs and then just shoots himself in the face.... Like heh? Oh, but wait, before that we find out that he's able to keep both him and Micha afloat because he was raped by Micha's dad, but then came to realize that he could make money for letting men do that to him. God, this kid is so messed up!! I've never seen a more broken character, and I wish it had ended differently, but it had to happen that way. This is a pretty long spoilery paragraph but I just have to let it all out because it was killing me knowing this happened so unexpectedly. Alright, I'm done.