Surprise! I liked it quite a bit.
The finalists were:
Acceptable Loss by Anne Perry
Bloodborne by Gregg Luke
If I Should Die by Jennie Hansen
Rearview Mirror by Stephanie Black
Smokescreen by Traci Hunter Abramson
Reading these gave me a fun dose of scary, creepy, and deranged characters with heroes I liked and villains I didn't. I felt most on the edge of my seat as I read Rearview Mirror and If I Should Die. I was reading Rearview Mirror one night after everyone had gone to bed and decided I'd better stop. I was getting a little worked up. Acceptable Loss had an ending I found ironic and surprising. I liked the ending a lot.
If you've read any of these, I'd love to hear your thoughts.
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