Murder. One of the Allerdon sisters has been charged with a pre-meditated killing and taken to jail. It doesn't seem possible--but it's happening. What was supposed to be a typical summer is anything but for this seemingly ordinary family. Shortly after they arrive at their cozy family cottage on the river, Lander meets and is smitten witha handsome young man, and they begin to date. Miranda has a bad feeling about her sister's new boyfriend. And when the family must deal with an unimaginable nightmare, Miranda can't help feeling that the boyfriend has something to do with it. The police say they have solid evidence against Lander. Miranda wants to believe in her sister when she swears she is innocent. But as Miranda digs deeper into the past few weeks of Lander's life, she wonders why everything keeps pointing to Lander's guilt.
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The supporting characters are multifacted as well. The wealthy and involved parents, to whose house everyone in the neighborhood loves to come, are discovered to be not as financially sound as Miranda had imagined, and they crumble in the face of difficulties. The villains are surprisingly close to the family, and their motivation, while perfectly logical, comes as a bit of a surprise.
The eerily detached tone is juxtaposed with the bright, uncomplicated light of the summer days on the lake. Jacob himself appears to be bright and uncomplicated to Lander, but immediately hits Miranda as sinister. The stark realism of the prison in which Lander finds herself is compared with the breezy beach house in which Miranda spends her days. This emotional see sawing makes No Such Person an an even more unsettling unsettling mystery, and one which is appropriate even for middle school readers who like this author's Face on the Milk Carton and who enjoy murder mysteries.