Author(s): Kate Kae Myers
The Competition: Outlandishly wealthy Grandmother VanDemere has decided to leave her vast fortune to the family member who proves him or herself worthiest--by solving puzzles and riddles on a whirlwind race around the globe, from the mines of Venezuela to the castles of Scotland. There will be eight competitors, three continents ...and a prize worth millions. The Players: Seventeen-year-old Avery is the black sheep of the VanDemere clan, the ostracized illegitimate daughter. Finally, she has a chance to prove herself ...and to discover the truth about her long-lost mother. Marshall might be Avery's uncle, but there's no love lost between the two of them. He's her main competition, and he'll do anything to win--including betray his own children. Riley is the handsome son of Grandmother VanDemere's lawyer. As the game progresses, Avery falls hard for Riley. Suddenly, losing the game might mean losing him, too. As the competition takes treacherous turns, it becomes clear there can only be one victor. Who can Avery truly trust? And is winning worth her life?
A heart-pounding, high-stakes thriller that combines a treacherous family competition with the drama and adventure of The Amazing Race.
The competition creates a lively vehicle for international travel and plenty of action and suspense... hand this to fans of high-stakes reality challenge shows as well as those who count Raskin's The Westing Game (BCCB 9/78) as a favorite. BCCB Entertaining... Recommended for reality TV fans and genealogy buffs. Kirkus Reviews A gripping mystery with strong but flawed characters, the book is impossible to put down. The reader races to keep up with the plot only to get walloped by a mind-blowing twist ending that turns the entire story upside down. Recommend this to teens who like intrigue, mystery, and suspense. VOYA on THE VANISHING GAME Full of non-stop action, with spooky events that keep readers on edge and unable to guess who, what, and how... The story's conclusion leaves you trying to wrap your head around the truth, and looking back at the beginning of another angle. San Francisco/Sacramento Book Reviews on THE VANISHING GAME This book has twists and turns galore. Part corporate espionage thriller, part paranormal horror story, there are also elements of mystery and romance... Recommended. Library Media Connection on THE VANISHING GAME
Kate Kae Myers is the author of The Vanishing Game and Inherit Midnight. In the past she worked as a sign-language interpreter with students of all ages and in a variety of classrooms covering nearly every subject. Now she writes full time and lives with her husband in Boise, Idaho. www.katekaemyers.com.