#78. Ransom

Ransom by Lois Duncan
Previously published as Five Were Missing

Pages: 172
Finished: Sept. 19, 2007
Reason for Reading: I was impressed with the first book I read by Duncan and wanted to try another.
First Published: 1966
Genre: YA, thriller
Rating: 5/5

First Sentence:

The kidnapping took place on a Thursday.

Comments: Another tight, suspenseful thriller from Lois Duncan! Five students living in a rich area of town are kidnapped and held for ransom. The perspective switches occasionally from the teens to the parents and we find that each family has problems and secrets. The characters, as well as their background, are incredibly well-developed, especially for a book that comes in at under 200 pages. The plot was very suspenseful and just when you thought you knew how it would end you were thrown for a twist. The back of my book states that Lois Duncan has written 45 books, so I can see I've got a lot more reading ahead of me. Highly recommended!


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