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Random House, Inc.
EIGHTEEN-YEAR-OLD ERIC HAS just been released from juvenile detention for murdering his mother and stepfather. Now he’s looking for some tenderness—tenderness he finds in caressing and killing beautiful girls. Fifteen-year-old Lori has run away from home again. Emotionally naive but sexually precocious, she is also looking for tenderness—tenderness she finds in Eric. Will Lori and Eric be each other’s salvation or destruction?

“Cormier is in top form in this chilling portrait of a serial murderer. . . . Gripping.”—School Library Journal, Starred

An ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults

Baker & Taylor
Released from juvenile detention after serving time for killing his parents, the disturbed Eric becomes obsessed with finding teenage girls to seduce and murder before meeting the equally troubled Lori. An ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Reprint.

& Taylor

A psychological thriller told from the points of view of a teenage serial killer and the runaway girl who falls in love with him.

Publisher: Delacorte Press, 2004, c1997
Edition: 1st Delacorte Press trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780385731331


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Dec 20, 2012

To most people, this book would seem really disturbing, but honestly that's why I loved it... It was different.

EuSei Sep 24, 2012

This is a very disturbing book. I highly recommend parents to read it before they consider allowing their kids to read this. "Eric's search for tenderness is found in caressing and killing beautiful girls.” (How long until the Thinkpol gets this comment censored?)

Donnalee Smith May 23, 2012

This was overall an odd, creepy, disturbing book. Not the kind of book I usually read, and not fun, but the sense of forboding keeps building throughout the book and the ending was unexpected. A quiet book, but kind of haunting in the end. Depending on your taste, you may really like it.

Mar 28, 2012

A very different story by Robert Cormier. It was a mixture of creepy, disturbing, interesting, scary and surprise. Kept me on the edge of my seat.

Jun 21, 2011

it was creepy. The ending was unexpected. Overall I didn't like it very much.


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