Becca can listen into the whispers and thoughts of others. She has this nifty box that eliminates her ability to hear those words, aptly referred to as an AUD box. She is on the run with her mother from some pretty ugly experiences, and then all of a sudden, it is just Becca. And it stays just Becca for a long time (I liked the realism that George used to craft this character's tensions). From the start, folks die at wickedly- timed moments, and friends crop up just in time frequently. BTW: the whole friend thing seems pretty standard issue until later in the book when the author starts revealing a little more about each character, entwining us more in her smart story like the master storyteller she is. Racism, bullying, classism, and the whole experience of American high schools all show up in this book, and being set on Whidbey Island serves us Pacific Northwestern-ers just fine. The end is a perfect set-up for future reads, something I am really interested in and exactly what the author plans. Woo-hoo for us!
Looking for a mystery with a strong female lead, solid male supporting roles, and a terrorizing bully waiting to show up? This might be a good one for you.