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Child's Play
by Merry Bloch Jones


Overview - A tortured child returns to the school that failed him

Since her husband's murder two years earlier, life hasn't been easy for Elle Harrison. Now, at the start of a new school year, the second grade teacher is determined to move on.  Read more...


 
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Overview
A tortured child returns to the school that failed him

Since her husband's murder two years earlier, life hasn't been easy for Elle Harrison. Now, at the start of a new school year, the second grade teacher is determined to move on. She's selling her house and delving into new experiences, like learning trapeze.

Just before the first day of school, Elle learns that a former student, Ty Evans, has been released from juvenile detention, where he served time for killing his abusive father. Within days of his release, Elle's school principal--who'd tormented Ty as a child--is brutally murdered. So is a teacher at the school. And Ty's former girlfriend. All the victims have links to Ty.

Ty's younger brother, Seth, is in Elle's class. When Seth shows up at school beaten and bruised, Elle reports the abuse, and authorities remove Seth and his older sister, Katie, from their home. Is Ty the abuser?

Ty seeks Elle out, confiding that she's the only adult he's ever trusted. She tries to be open-minded, even wonders if he's been wrongly condemned. But when she's assaulted in the night, she suspects that Ty is her attacker. Is he a serial killer? Is she his next intended victim?

Before Elle discovers the truth, she's caught in a deadly trap that challenges her deepest convictions about guilt and innocence, childhood and family. Pushed to her limits, she's forced to face her fears and apply new skills in a deadly fight to survive.


 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781608091911
  • ISBN-10: 1608091910
  • Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
  • Publish Date: January 2017
  • Page Count: 304
  • Dimensions: 9.11 x 6.07 x 0.72 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds

Series: Elle Harrison Novels #3

Related Categories

Books > Fiction > Thrillers - Psychological
Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Amateur Sleuth
Books > Fiction > Thrillers - Crime

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-10-17
  • Reviewer: Staff

In Joness fast-paced third Elle Harrison novel (after 2014s Elective Procedures), the Philadelphia second-grade teacher believes that she failed Ty Evans, a former student who later confessed to killing his abusive father, but she hopes to redeem herself with his younger brother, Seth, now enrolled in her class. With Ty newly released from juvenile detention and clashing with their alcoholic mother, Seths home life is unstable. When the draconian school principal and a humorless teacherboth of whom treated Ty cruellyare murdered, Elle is torn between belief in his innocence and her desire to protect Seth. Meanwhile, the realtor charged with selling her house becomes increasingly aggressive, and when someone drugs and rapes Elle, she doesnt know whether to suspect the realtor or the killer. The identities of the rapist and murderer are obvious well before Elle or other characters identify them. Still, Elles complex feelings toward her late husbandwho was murdered while they were separatedadd nuance and depth. Agent: Rebecca Strauss, McIntosh & Otis. (Jan.)

 
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