From Goodreads: When the sixteen-year-old runaway Chap is mistaken for a missing boy named Cassiel, his life changes dramatically. Chap takes on Cassiel’s identity, gaining the family and friends he’s always dreamed of having. But becoming someone else isn’t as easy as he hoped—and Chap isn’t the only one hiding a secret. As he teeters on the brink of discovery and begins to unravel the mystery behind Cassiel’s disappearance, Chap realizes that he’s in much deeper danger than he could have imagined.
After all, you can’t just steal a life and expect to get away with it.
Valentine has written a great mystery novel revolving around a mistaken identity, a daring theft, and a possible murder. Chap relays his story through a first person narrative, making it easy for the reader to connect with him. First person limited is my favorite point of view because it allows the reader a direct line to the narrator’s thoughts, creating a deeper connection between the reader and narrator than, say, a third person narrative. I was glad to see that Valentine evoked this point of view, giving me an insider’s perspective of everything that happened, heightening the suspense and mystery as Chap begins to fear for his life.
This is a great mystery novel, and watching Chap attempt to fill in the gaps concerning the disappearance of Cassiel, the boy he’s pretending to be, is quite enjoyable. It was amazing to see how all the pieces fit together, and Chaps back-story—where he came from and why he was on the run—was exceptionally interesting. In retrospect, the intricacies of the novel make perfect sense, yet I never noticed how any of the piece fit together until Chap made the connections for me. That, in my opinion, is good writing. I was pleasantly surprised throughout the novel, and I was especially happy with the way Valentine ends the novel—there are too many stories out there that leave off on a sad note, and this was a nice change. Four stars.
Disney-Hyperion has been extremely gracious in allowing my to read an ARC of this novel, via Netgalley, prior to it’s release on February 21, 2012.