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March 11, 2008

Fatality

Fatality

Author: Caroline B. Cooney

Page Length: 198

Reading Level: 5th

Genre: Realistic Fiction, Mystery 

 

REVIEW & PLOT SUMMARY: Fatality starts off with a bang! (great for a lesson on leads) Chapter 1 takes us from curiosity to action as Rose Lymond steals a police car in an attempt to take back her diary in which the police have confiscated while the reader is left unaware of the journal’s contents. Does the diary contain details of a brutal murder or a hit-and-run? Is there a list of love interests written down? Are there personal family secrets described in the journal? These are questions that the reader will ask oneself as they continue to read this action-packed book. In spite of these questions, what the reader does know in the beginning is that the police have re-opened a murder investigation, and Roses diary may provide some clues into this case. Could Roses diary provide information for this investigation or does her diary contain something entirely un-related?

 

Roses character is not the type to commit a crime such as stealing a police car unless there is a good reason. However, no one understands her thinking at this point in the story. Rose refuses to explain her actions, her diary, or her current state of mind. Her parents, the police, and some of her friends become worried and upset. Rose is concealing something very important! The police are certain that Rose is hiding vital information in regards to the brutal murder of Frannie Bailey that may have been committed by Milton Lofft, the father of Angelica, a school friend of Roses.

 

What the police don’t know is that there is no vital information in Roses journal about the murder of Frannie Bailey. However, her journal does contain information relating to a time when Mr. Lofft ran over an object in the road while Rose and Angelica were in the car. Rose cannot be sure that it was a person that Mr. Lofft ran over, yet she can’t rule it out. Newspapers did report a hit-and-run at about the time of Roses diary entry, yet even this incident is not what is tugging at Roses emotions. What could this event be? It is something even more personal and emotional to Rose than a brutal murder or a hit-and-run.

 

The emotional climax of the story happens around page 170 when the reader realizes what Rose has been hiding from us all. Her mother cheated on her father while he was away on business, and the result was the birth of Rose. Rose’s father is actually her step-father! When Rose found out about this incident, four years ago, she vowed to keep it hidden from everyone, especially her father.

 

The story does not end there. Verne, a former family friend of Roses, assumes that Rose has written about him in her diary – written about the time when he killed Frannie Bailey! This assumption causes Verne to attempt to kill Rose on the road in his SUV early on in the story, and it now drives him to kidnap her and possibly end her life! Verne however is caught by a police road block. It is at this time that Rose confesses everything to her supporters, especially her father. Roses father tells her that he already knew about the marital affair, yet still accepts Rose as his own daughter and always will.

 

This book may prove confusing for some students because it is layered with several plot twists and characters. It is a standard mystery that starts out well and wraps up nicely.

 

AREAS FOR TEACHING: This book provides good examples of flashback as well as conflict.

 

RELATED WEBSITES:

 

http://www.teenreads.com/authors/au-cooney-caroline.asp

  

http://www.deadlyroads.com/

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diary 

 

REVIEWED BY: Kevin Stratton

 

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7 Comments »

  1. i love this book

    Comment by Anonymous — November 15, 2011 @ 10:09 pm | Reply

    • it was boring

      Comment by Anonymous — March 19, 2012 @ 6:33 pm | Reply

    • this book is boring

      Comment by Anonymous — May 8, 2012 @ 1:38 am | Reply

  2. it sucks

    Comment by Anonymous — March 19, 2012 @ 6:32 pm | Reply

  3. It was Good
    Everybody in my family love it

    Comment by asdfghjkl;' — May 22, 2012 @ 11:20 pm | Reply

  4. You are so cool! I don’t think I’ve truly read through
    something like that before. So good to discover another person with some genuine thoughts on this issue.
    Seriously.. thank you for starting this up.
    This website is something that is required on
    the internet, someone with a bit of originality!

    Comment by palm — November 7, 2013 @ 8:15 pm | Reply

  5. is this story writtten in 1st person or 2nd or 3rd perspective i cant really tell

    Comment by sarah kaminski — November 20, 2013 @ 10:44 pm | Reply


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