Love, passion and the road trip of a lifetime in this breathtaking novel, perfect for all fans of Jodi Picoult, from the internationally bestselling author of The Bronze Horseman Two girls, an open road and a shiny yellow Mustang; it could have been the trip of a lifetime.
But when Shelby and Gina pick up hitchhiker Candy Cane, their troubles have only just started.
Inked with flowers and covered in piercings, they soon find out pink-haired Candy is on the run - for reasons so appalling they're almost unspeakable.
They should have stuck to their no hitchhiker rule, but it's too late - and Gina and Shelby are drawn into a terrifying game of cat and mouse with no way out.
As everything familiar is stripped away and morals are turned upside down, the question is this: how far will they go for a stranger?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 544 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 21/04/2008
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780007241583
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Review by lecari
I have enjoyed quite a few of Paullina Simons's books in the past, and this was no exception! I managed to read it in just over a day (it's approx 500 pages long).This story follows Shelby Sloane, who receives a bright yellow Shelby Mustang as her 18th birthday present, and decides to go on a road trip to California to discover what happened to her mother, who left when she was very young. Her former best friend, Gina, asks to come along so she can visit her boyfriend, who lives in California - reluctantly, Shelby agrees. While the trip isn't ideal, things really begin to liven up when Shelby decides to pick up a hitchhiker, Candy.The characters are so realistic and so believable, I was sucked in from the start and couldn't put it down. The plotline is also really exciting, with lots of twists and turns, which kept me guessing and interested in what was going on. The ending was quite sad, and I would have liked more detail on what happened afterwards, a longer epilogue - the ending felt a little rushed. It also had a lot of interesting ideas about God and religion, as the characters argue about their beliefs while on the road.