Duncan, Vinny, and Wayne are all friends working - or wasting time - the summer before senior year in high school. Duncan is the soul, Vinny the brains, and Wayne the muscle. At the end of the previous summer, Duncan tried to save a drowning girl and failed. Not being a hero has really affected his life, particularly his relationship with his girlfriend Kim. Also, he is now terrified of swimming, especially when the nightmares come back.
Duncan's summer job is with the public transit lost and found. While trying to make the hours go faster, Duncan looks through the items, especially the books and golf clubs. One day he discovers an unmarked journal with no name, which depicts sadistic animal torture experiments, boasts of arson fires, and the planning for the serial killings of three women. Duncan decides to make amends for his failure last summer by tracking down the owner of the journal by using clues left hidden in the diary.
After talking with his friend Vinny, Duncan decides to turn the journal over to the police, but they do not take him seriously, so he decides to get help from Vinny, do some research at the local library, and find out where the killer works and lives so they can prove to the police the diary is for real.
The librarian at my school recommended this book, so I checked it out. Basically this book is about a teenager named Duncan who was recently dumped by his girlfriend. This summer he takes on a summer job at the lost and found section for public transit. Nothing eventful ever happened...until he found a journal.
I found that this books was standard and pretty enjoyable. It's a bit slow at first but soon it builds up and gets more interesting. This book had me curious the whole time.
I normally don't read these kinds of mysteries but this book was surprisingly interesting. My school librarian had painted a different picture for this book and I realized this when I read the first few pages. I decided not to give up and I'm glad I didn't because this was a pretty nice book.
Likes: Duncan, Duncan's friends (they're really funny!)
Dislikes: The (creepy) psycho killer.