WHAT HAPPENED TO CASS MCBRIDE, by Gail Giles (2006)
Interest Level: Upper Grades
This book sucked me in from the first page. James Patterson, on the front cover states, "A smart, scary tale that moves like a bullet train." This sums up the experience of reading this book. It is told from several points of view. (Kyle, Cass, and a police detective) Kyle is an emotionally damaged jock type, who kidnaps and buries alive a girl named Cass McBride--the popular, social climbing mean girl who turns down a date with Kyle's younger brother David, who then commits suicide by hanging himself from a tree in the front yard of the house he shares with Kyle and his parents. Each chapter alternates, being told from different character viewpoints. I could not put this book down and read it from cover to cover in a little over an hour. Great book!