Painchaud, Michelle Pretending To Be Erica, 254 pgs. Penguin (Viking). 2015. $17.99 Language: R ( 48 swears 17 Fs); Mature Content: PG13; Violence: PG13.
Violet has been training for this con job most of her life, ever since she was taken from foster care and adopted by Sid. She’s had plastic surgery and learned everything she can to be Erica, the kidnapped, now 17 year old daughter of a wealthy woman. Stealing a valuable painting from Erica’s home will set Sid and Violet up for life, but can Erica maintain the charade when two other girls have tried and failed?
Fast paced, the high school characters ring true, the seedy con artist is creepy and Painchaud does a wonderful job of keeping the reader guessing. It’s hard to tell who the good guys are. Suspenseful and exciting, but too mature for some middle school students (mild violence, mature teen talk), this well written crime novel will keep you on the edge of your seat.
HS - ADVISABLE Lisa Librarian