Summer of Fear
From the moment Rachel's cousin Julia arrives that summer, she seems to seep into Rachel's life like a poison. Everyone else is enchanted by her--including Rachel's boyfriend. But what does Julia really want?
This is a great mystery that deals with the main character desparate for someone to believe her and her feeling that her cousin is the reason so many strange thigns have been happening. The book starts out with Rachel's aunt & uncle being killed in a car accident with their assistant. Their daughter, Rachel's cousin Julia, comes to live with rae's family. At first things are strained, but normal. Until Rae finds her dog has died-the very dog that Julia couldn't stand, but Rae can't prove anything. Then she loses her boyfriend to Julia as well as her best friend. It seems like surface jealousy until Rae talks to a college professor who gets her thinkign that witchcraft may be involved. But Rae tells Julia that she's on to her & the prof ends up in the hospital-another of Julia's tricks?
In the end, there is a big twist that reveals there's more to Julia than meets the eye. The ending also explains the very cryptic and mysterious beginning of why Rae reads the papers looking for info on families that have been killed where there's a unnamed "friend" that was there at the time of the accident. It all pulls together and makes for a great story.
Julia is beautiful, charming, and evil-of course Rachel is the only one who can sense that she her wickedness. Everyone is enchanted by Julia: Rachels boyfriend, Rachels best friend, and Rachels parents who interpret her fear of Julia as jealousy. When the people Julia has mesmerized start getting into accidents or dying, Rachel knows she has to do something. This was a very frightening and sad book, I was worried that the mother would die and I was so sad when Trickle the dog died. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good thriller.