When the sixteen-year-old runaway Chap is mistaken for a missing boy named Cassiel, his life changes dramatically. Chap takes on Cassiel’s identity, gaining the family and friends he’s always dreamed of having. But becoming someone else isn’t as easy as he hoped—and Chap isn’t the only one hiding a secret. As he teeters on the brink of discovery and begins to unravel the mystery behind Cassiel’s disappearance, Chap realizes that he’s in much deeper danger than he could have imagined.
After all, you can’t just steal a life and expect to get away with it.
This book is really intense. It’s basically straight fiction, nothing paranormal, no romance involved. I’ve been stressed the entire time I’ve been reading this, because Chap is so on edge, so sure he’s going to get caught. His “family” never gives him a straight answer, and Chap has no idea how to be Cassiel. The whole book is uncomfortable and scary, and it’s really rough to be in Chap’s shoes, because you as a reader know only as much as he does. This book has literally zero instances of me knowing something before Chap. When he suspected, I suspected. I had no idea who the bad guy was at first, and that’s all I really want out of a mystery like this one.
Chap isn’t only a runaway. His story is so much deeper and with so many more twists, but it all starts with his Grandad. Grandad apparently felt no need to enroll Chap in school or to really function in society. Chap lived with his Grandad for ten years before an accident gets Social Services after him. Chap’s story is sad and it doesn’t get any happier when he’s “recognized” as Cassiel Roadnight.
Chap is never comfortable in Cassiel’s skin, and knows next to nothing about him. Chap tries to enjoy the time he spends with his brother, sister, and mother, but he’s too on edge, just waiting to be found out. And when he is, it’s the revelation that leads to it that really floored me. It’s such a simple thing, such a simple reason, and it never once occurred to me.
It’s hard to review mysteries without giving anything away, but make sure to check this one out if you’re a fan of dark mysteries.