I think of this book as a "guy's book", but my heart continually went out to the main character and his mom. This kid was not going to be deterred by injuries or adults who "knew better"
A very good read
When Johnny Merrimon was thirteen, his twin sister, Alyssa, was kidnapped. Itís now a year later and his life has changed completely. Everyone presumes his sister is dead, his father has left the family, his mother is addicted to pills and seeing an abusive man, Ken Holloway, (who is also one of the richest and most influential men in the county) and theyíve lost their home.
But Johnny wonít give up hope and prays for three things: find his sister, his fatherís return and that someone kills Ken Holloway. Johnny has a map of the town and uses it to track who he has questioned about his sisterís disappearance. He constantly skips school to bike around town to find out what really happened to his sister.
At the same time police detective, Clyde Hunter, is still trying to solve the disappearance of Alyssa Merrimon. He also knows that Johnny is trying to do an investigation of his own and that itís dangerous for Johnny to do this. Heís given Johnny and his mother his card with his number many times so they can call him. But they donít.
Then, another girl goes missing. And, a man tumbles over a bridge where Johnny is and tells him that he found her. Johnny is sure the ďherĒ is Alyssa, but the detectives think he might mean the girl that went missing.
I really enjoyed this book. The story takes multiple twists and turns. How all the pieces fall together is shocking. The good guys arenít always good and those who are thought to be bad arenít always bad.
And, to a degree, Johnny does get his three wishes.