by Carly Anne West
Simon Pulse, 2015, 403 pp., $17.99
The Bargaining is a thrilling story with an unexpected conclusion. This book does an excellent job of building up just enough suspense then letting off, giving the reader a breather, and building it back up again until the climax when pandemonium breaks loose. This story will certainly keep the pages turning, but be sure to leave the lights on. The main character, Penny, has been having a hard time coping with the death of her best friend, Rae, and we come to understand that she still sees and talks to Rea. We can’t be sure if it is all in her head, or if Rea is really there, until Penny and her stepmom move into a house in the woods, and life gets a whole lot stranger for Penny. An exciting story of self-examination and understanding, the book provides chilling imagery to take you to the conclusion.
Student of Gretchen Schwarz