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Blood on His Hands [Hardcover]

Willo Davis Roberts

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  • Hardcover: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books (July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689850743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689850745
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.2 x 2.3 cm

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3.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, but slightly disappointing 10 Sep 2004
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Marc Solie is running for his life. He thinks he has killed a security guard at the horrible, abusive detention camp he's been sentenced to. Now he and his dog are wandering through the bleak California wilderness, not sure where they are or even where they can go to find safety.

As Marc walks and hitchhikes north, he thinks back to how he got sent to Camp Heritage in the first place. Through flashbacks, readers learn about Marc's little sister's death from leukemia, his parents' difficult grieving process, and his own, sometimes violent, attempts to get his parents to notice him again. Readers also learn more about the horrific circumstances that led Marc to attack the camp guard and flee for his life.

This storytelling style, gradually revealing details of Marc's past, should be suspenseful, and at times it is. However, the teasing repetition of past events, often stopping just short of telling critical details, can cause frustration. Nevertheless, Marc's story, especially his discouraging attempts to manage his own grief after his sister's death, is compelling and sympathetic.

Although this is not one of the more successful efforts from Edgar Award-winning novelist Willo Davis Roberts, it will still keep readers engaged and rooting for Marc to find safety and forgiveness.

--- Reviewed by Norah Piehl
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced plot 6 Jun 2012
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Marc's family never recovers after his sister dies of leukemia. When his parents divorce and his dad leaves him with his deeply depressed mother, Marc's anger explodes in ways that would never have happened a year before. He suddenly loses touch with his father, and before he knows it, he's being sent to a disciplinary camp for at-risk teenagers.

On a mandatory work outing, two deaths occur. Of the three who went out that morning only Marc is left. Afraid he'll be blamed, he runs away. He's convinced that no one will believe what happened except his dad who is somewhere in Washington, two states away. Without food, water or money, Marc heads up the highway towards Seattle, dodging the highway patrol and hoping no one else will recognize him and turn him in. While he runs, he turns the past two years over in his mind, unsure of how his loving family fell apart, and wondering how he managed to end up in a life threatening predicament.

Blood on His Hands is a great read. Roberts smoothly engages the reader in a simple but fast paced plot. When she died in November, 2004, she left a dynamic legacy of suspenseful mysteries for fans of all ages.
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