Predator / by Terri Blackstock
Adult (HS) Rating: 5
Written by prolific author, Terri Blackstock, Predator is a spine-chilling, edge-of-your-seat roller coaster ride for the reader – one that may cause the reader perhaps to rethink their own safety in online communities and on the Internet.
Krista’s 14 year old sister was murdered by an online predator who found her on GrapeVyne, an online social community similar to Facebook and MySpace. This makes her question God’s justice and protection. When the police fail to come up with answers to satisfy her, Krista sets herself up as bait on GrapeVyne.
Ryan created the social network GrapeVyne in college and it has grown into a billion-dollar corporation. But he never envisioned it becoming a stalking ground for online predators. But one of them lives in his town, killing two girls and attacking a third.
He joins forces with Krista, and they set out to stop the killer. Quickly the tables are turned and they become the prey in this intricate and suspenseful plot. The killer is a surprise to everyone, including the reader, keeping the reader on the edge of their seat as the plot unfolds.
There are plenty of plot twists and plenty of intense suspense to make Predator an excellent choice for readers in tenth grade and up. Although written mainly for adults, many teens will enjoy it as well. The author has included well-written and thought-provoking discussion questions for the reader. Parents might want to read and discuss this book and its implications with their teens. It could also be a good choice for teen discussion groups.
Highly recommended for parents and teens, both in public libraries and in school collections.
–reprinted with permission, Christian Library Journal, August 2010.