Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Youn Readers
Published: November 1, 2006
Is available in Hardcover, Paperback, Digital Audio, and Kindle Edition
Publication Date: May 1, 2007
"The setting is claustrophobic, the characters are complex and the story will keep readers on the edge of their seats," KLIATT raved of this vivid, fast-paced psychological thriller in a starred review. Kyle Kirby has planned a cruel and unusual revenge on Cass McBride, the most popular girl in school, for the death of his brother David. He digs a hole. Kidnaps Cass. Puts her in a box--underground. He buries her alive. But lying in the deepest dark, Cass finds a weapon: she uses the power of words to keep her nemesis talking--and herself breathing--during the most harrowing 48 hours of her life.
Description from Amazon
Author Gail Giles
How She Wrote Cass McBride:
My last winter in Alaska was a tough one. I had been having a writing crisis. I’m usually kind of upbeat and confident, but some harsh words from a couple of sources had managed to get under my skin and shake my groundwork a little. I was paralyzed when I got in front of the keyboard. A whole new feeling for me.
Add the long dark days of the Alaskan winters and a record snow for Anchorage. More than eighteen feet. I looked out my windows to see nothing but snow. I felt buried alive. Paralyzed by words spoken and paralyzed by words I couldn’t seem to write. The idea of words, used, misused and not used and how they can harm started to percolate. It meshed with entombment and Cass McBride was both born and buried at the same time.
I wrote the first draft in Alaska, then moved to Texas where I did revisions, sold the book and did all the edits. Moved right into the light.
GAIL GILES is the acclaimed author of several psychological drama/suspense novels for teens, including What Happened to Cass McBride?, Shattering Glass, and Right Behind You, all of which received numerous starred reviews, state awards and teen choice awards.
My Review of What Happened to Cass McBride
This book grabbed my interest from the very first page and was able to keep it to the end! I love books that can get me interested from the beginning and this story had no problem doing just that. I love psychological suspense novels and this one was filled with suspense.
I like how Gail Giles told the story through the three different voices of characters in the story. We heard from Cass who was kidnapped and held captive, Kyle who was seeking revenge for the death of his brother, and from the detective who was on the case.
As in some other Young Adult stories that I have read, a young popular girl is put into circumstances where she is given the time to think about and reflect upon her life so far. In this story, Cass uses lessons learned from her father that is a salesman by gettiing Kyle to listen to her and put her in control of the situation.
I found it sad to think that Kyle and his brother David had to live with a mother who is more concerned about herself than the health and welfare of her two sons. Unfortunately, there are too many children in this situation in real life.
I enjoyed reading the book and would highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys psychological thrillers. I am not sure that I would want anyone under 16 to read the book though. I am looking forward to reading more of Gail Giles' books. I would give this book 4 stars! I give this book a definite..........
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Until next time, keep curling up with a good book.....