The emotional tension of this novel is pretty high, given that the protagonist is worried sick about her missing friend and parents, and must care for her 6-year-old siblings AND solve the crime. She faces difficult decisions, must decide who to trust, and puts her own life in danger to save those she loves.
She proves she's up to the task, however, and makes a rescue attempt based on her wit, daring, and strength. But don't expect a happily-ever-after ending . . . a surprise twist at the end will have you gasping with disbelief!