The story starts off with Charlotte Westing recalling a past event within her life time. During this scene, we find out that Charlotte is an Oracle, a person who can see the future. Charlotte lives her daily life avoiding her visions because her aunt Sierra told her it was best not be seen. But when the visions start getting stronger to the point were she can’t hold them back, she finally gives in. She sees visions of students getting murdered which causes her lonely life to become something interesting. Charlotte begins a crazy chase trying to unmask the killer from her visions. As the story goes on, the visions start to effect Charlotte emotionally, which makes this story very suspenseful.
The number one reason I liked this book, is because it’s something I have not read before. The story is gripping, making you want to keep on reading. I liked how the story had a mixture of suspense and a little bit of romance. One of the things I did not like is that Charlotte’s aunt Sierra wasn’t that big of a character as I was expecting. It is pretty clear that Sierra was an important character, but never showed up in most of the important scenes. I really felt that Sierra could of had more of an major role than just staying in her house all day, while Charlotte was out and about.
One of my favorite scenes from the book would be when Charlotte had to stand up for herself and not give in to the mind games. Charlotte is first brought out to be a quiet girl, then becomes the heroine of her own nightmares.
Reviewed by Renee, grade 8, Tuckahoe Area Library