The Face on the Milk Carton

By Caroline B. Cooney

In the vein of mental thrillers like We have been Liars, lady at the Train, and Beware That Girl, bestselling writer Caroline Cooney’s JANIE sequence promises on each point. secret and suspense combination seamlessly with problems with family members, friendship and like to supply an emotionally evocative thrill trip of a learn.

No one ever particularly paid shut cognizance to the faces of the lacking little ones at the milk cartons. yet as Janie Johnson glanced on the face of the standard little lady together with her hair in tight pigtails, donning a costume with a slender white collar—a three-year-old who have been abducted twelve years prior to from a shopping center in New Jersey—she felt triumph over with surprise. She well-known that little girl—it used to be she. How may perhaps it in all probability be true?

Janie cannot think that her loving mom and dad abducted her, yet as she starts to piece issues jointly, not anything is smart. anything is extremely flawed. Are Mr. and Mrs. Johnson quite her mom and dad? And if no longer, who's Janie Johnson, and what rather occurred?

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What else is there to do? ” She imagined herself at a few unknown doorway, a few unknown lady answering it—would it by some means be Hannah? —a twelve-years-older Hannah? —would there be different little ones? yet years had handed. The excessive chairs will be long past. She crumpled opposed to his chest. They stood within the rain, Janie hugging his heart. He used to be extra strong than she had anticipated, and she or he might hearken to all his internal components: his center beating in double thumps, his lungs filling in rhythm with hers. “Janie, the article is, i feel they'd name the police. That’s what i might do. Janie, imagine! are you able to think the scandal? when you made all of this up, they’re going to place you in a psychological establishment and provides you counseling and shrinkage ceaselessly. Your mom and dad can be burnt up. Wiped, Janie. Off the map. ” Reeve tilted again from her and held her face up off his rainy jacket. He slid his fingers again alongside her cheeks until eventually his hands have been tangled in her hair. “How might they face a complete city, all these football mom and dad, all these volunteer girls, and say ‘yes, our daughter accused us of kidnapping her? ’” He appeared into her eyes and he or she idea: He loves me. She may possibly truly learn it in his eyes. yet she didn't understand what sort of like it used to be. Compassion? buddies? Older brother? Reeve attempted to steer her into the eating place. She remained rooted to the spot. “So,” he stated, attempting to child round. “Not within the temper for pancakes? How a few cheeseburger? I see golden arches within the distance. ” Janie shook her head. “Janie, what if you’re correct? ” His voice used to be shaking. “The police won’t allow you to return on your parents—well—to Mr. and Mrs. Johnson. They’ll—” Reeve sucked in air. “Something will take place, I don’t be aware of what. Social staff and newspaper journalists and television cameras and—” “We won’t truly visit the door,” acknowledged Janie. “Well simply force by means of. ” Reeve pointed to a mobile sales space around the highway at a Mobil station. They pivoted to stand it, staring as though on the nice Pyramid in Egypt. Then they acquired again within the Jeep. Reeve turned around the grotesque A-frame eating place with its slick brown roof. Janie used to be gasping for breath. Her head damage savagely. Her fingers harm even worse. She checked out them, to work out if she had slammed them within the door or whatever, yet they have been clasping one another so difficult she used to be attempting to snap her personal bones. She made herself permit move. Reeve crossed site visitors and pulled into the gasoline station. He maneuvered until eventually he had her passenger door correct in entrance of the telephone sales space. She prayed the telephone e-book may were stolen. however it used to be there, placing in a steel case by means of a steel wire. Her lifestyles, her soul, her heritage, her genes. She acquired out of the automobile and stood back within the rain. The rain was once a recognized volume. It appeared as secure as Reeve’s chest. Then she went into the sales space and regarded up Spring. there has been one directory, and one simply. How traditional it sounded. How suburban and heart category. Spring, Jonathan Avery … 114 Highview street. She walked into the gasoline station. A youngish guy short of a shave and an outstanding weightloss application sat in filthy blue coveralls in the back of a greasy desk and leered at her.

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