Nearly Boswell knows how to keep secrets. Living in a DC trailer park, she knows better than to share anything that would make her a target with her classmates. Like her mother’s job as an exotic dancer, her obsession with the personal ads, and especially the emotions she can taste when she brushes against someone’s skin. But when a serial killer goes on a killing spree and starts attacking students, leaving cryptic ads in the newspaper that only Nearly can decipher, she confides in the one person she shouldn’t trust: the new guy at school—a reformed bad boy working undercover for the police, doing surveillance. . . on her.
Nearly might be the one person who can put all the clues together, and if she doesn’t figure it all out soon—she’ll be next.
Nearly Gone is a story about a young teenaged girl fighting to get out of her life, or at least what appears to be a life.
Nearly has so many life problems when the book starts. Usually when the protagonist is in a bad situation at the beginning of the book, it seems like they have everything going wrong for them, and it’s just not believable. But Nearly has realness and authenticity about her, with her mother being an exotic dancer to scrape together just enough money to live in a crappy trailer. Plus, Nearly has goals in her life to get up and away from what she’s been placed in. She tutors with the end goal of a scholarship and she thinks all is well until one by one, people begin to die right in front of her.
I enjoyed the game the killer played, since most serial killers treat their victims like game pieces. There’s no intrigue when you have a sociopath who doesn’t try to play with the living around him or her. The friends Nearly has rarely make contact with her throughout the book though, except for Reece. I wish we could have seen more of a connection between Nearly and Anh, because their relationship (though rough to begin with since they are fighting for the same scholarship) didn’t feel like it had been emotionally developed enough for my satisfaction. Perhaps that is what the author wished to convey, since it was a rocky relationship anyway.
The kills are what tied everything together for me, though, because without them the reader wouldn’t have gotten a deep insight into what Nearly’s world was like. She converses with people she never would have before, and it struck a depth of sadness to see how much emotional pain she carries around for herself and struck there by other people.
Nearly Gone was a very in depth read with a good ending.