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Volume VII Number 8 . . . . December 15, 2000
For the second time in less than a week, Tanner lay awake most of the night. Possible scenarios of the next day's reunion with his birth mom ran through his mind like takes from a movie in progress. He'd been longing for this reunion ever since he'd met Alex and had discovered he was an adoptee, but he hadn't been foolish enough to think it would happen so quickly.For young fans of crime thrillers, Hrdlitschka's sequel to Disconnected brings twins Tanner Bolton and Alex Swanson together again in a whirlwind of drug dealers, kidnaping, psychic phenomena and family intrigue. Separated at birth, the brothers were reunited 14 years later through their psychic connection. Now, one year later, Tanner returns to Vancouver to spend two weeks with his "new" sibling, bringing with him a plan to search for their birth mother. In the meantime, Alex's abductor, Hap, is free on bail and plans to silence Alex before he can testify at his trial. Alex must stop him, and devises a dangerous scheme that involves Tanner. With the help of the Internet, the two plans of action merge into one tale of suspense and drama.
As with Disconnected, the primary shortcoming in Tangled Web is the dialogue, particularly its attempt to portray Alex and Tanner as "cool" teens. Likewise, the voice given to adults contributes little to their character, rendering them flat and uninteresting. Despite this drawback, the story is fast paced and will likely appeal to those readers more interested in action than character.
Recommended with reservations.
Tom Knutson chairs the Young Adult and Children's Section (YAACS) of the British Columbia Library Association.
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