When Scott and Linda Gardner hire Julian Sawyer to tutor their troubled teenage son Brandon, Julian seems like the answer to a prayer. He's bright, courteous, refined, and connects with Brandon in a way neither of his parents can. They embrace Julian almost as a member of the family. But the tutor has his own dark agenda. For Julian, the Gardners are like specimens in jars, creatures to be studied - and manipulated. Each member of the family unintentionally reveals a secret to the tutor, giving him just the ammunition he needs to destroy them, one by one. Only Ruby, the Gardners' 11 year-old daughter, senses that Julian might not be what he seems and sets out to combat this seductive evil.More
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A unique battle of wits - excellent!
I love a good "battle of wits" plot, and this one offers a cool twist, being that it's between a brlliant sociopath and a precocious 11 year old girl - an unusual setup made totally believeable by terrific writing. Wonderful character development of the first half sets the stage for the suspenseful second half, and the book is well-read as well. No wonder Abrahams is a favorite of Stephen King's. Going on to another of his books right away. Spend the credit, you won't be sorry!!!