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Torn to Pieces by Margot Mcdonnell

Torn to Pieces

by Margot Mcdonnell

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Reviewed by Breanna F. for TeensReadToo.com

Anne is a 17-year-old girl who lives with her quirky mother. Ever since Anne was little, she and her mother (and her grandparents) would move around every once in a while. Anne's mom is a writer so she does a lot of traveling, and Anne is by herself. She often stays with her grandparents just down the street, because it's creepy being alone in that big house.

Anne has always found her mother to be a bit strange by the furniture that she buys and the long business trips that she takes. But her mother has always been a stable figure, and Anne hasn't minded her mother's long trips because she always comes back and is always there for her.

But when her mother misses Anne's birthday, she knows that something is up. Not once has her mother ever missed her birthday, no matter what. Immediately, Anne starts to investigate, starting off with asking her grandparents questions. When that doesn't work so well she starts to dig further. Who knows what she may find out...

This book was so addicting. I read it in two days. It really was a page-turner. It seemed kind of like a mystery to me. I had to keep guessing what was going to happen. Anne was such a determined character. She would stop at nothing to find out what was going on with her mother and I loved that about her. The secondary characters were pretty awesome, as well.

All in all, TORN TO PIECES was just a really good book. The writing was great and the suspense was awesome. I'd check this one out if you're in for some mystery and suspense. ( )
  GeniusJen | Aug 10, 2010 |
Anne has always thought her Mom is a little quirky. When her Mom doesn’t come home from one of her long business trips Anne isn’t too surprised. When a few days go by, though Anne knows something is wrong. The phone is disconnected at the hotel her Mother said she would be staying at and a strange man is leaving threatening messages on her answering machine. Why has her Mother always been so mysterious about where she is going ? Why has she never gotten a cell phone so Anne can reach her? Anne’s “grandparents” share her concern and give her a sealed envelope from her Mother that reveals all her Mom’s secrets - secrets that put Anne in great danger and reveal that nothing is as it seems. ( )
  Mrs.May | Oct 7, 2009 |
Anne's mom travels a lot for her job. Luckily her grandparents live nearby and are there for backup. But when Anne's mom doesn't return from a trip and she can't reach her, Anne becomes concerned. Then the phone calls start. Anne's mom may not be the person that Anne thought she was after all.

Keep this one for mature 9th grader readers and above. Although suspenceful, some parts of the book are down right frightening. ( )
  bookwoman137 | Aug 12, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385735596, Hardcover)

SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD ANNE ALWAYS thought her mother was kind of quirky. In fact, her mom’s taste in 70s-esque furniture and mysterious frequent business trips were just the tip of the quirky iceberg. When her
mom doesn’t come home on time from one of her long jaunts, Anne isn’t too surprised. But when a day late turns into a few days late, Anne knows something is very wrong.

She tries the hotel number that her mother left her, but it has been disconnected. Then a strange man keeps leaving messages on their answering machine, looking for a woman who doesn’t even live there. However, when Anne discovers a lengthy letter from her mother explaining why she has disappeared, the fabric of Anne’s relatively normal life is torn to pieces. Despite her shock, Anne must pull herself together and protect herself—from people who want to find and hurt her mother, and the strange new boy who may change everything.

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When her mother disappears during a business trip, seventeen-year-old Anne discovers that her family harbors many dark secrets.

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