(The Fugitive: Book One)
Lucy Tate is on the run. After witnessing the brutal murder of her parents, she's spent five years in hiding -- taking on different personas and faking her way through life. The authorities can't be trusted, so she remains in the shadows, always one beat ahead of the man who is forever hunting her. That is, until she meets Zach Schultz, a senior at Monte Vista High and the one guy she can’t bear to leave. Suddenly her natural instincts to lie, steal, and run are overshadowed by something else...the desire to stay. It’s her one shot at a normal life.
Curious by nature, Zach is immediately drawn to the new girl at school. How can a person look both confident and vulnerable all in the same moment? Determined to learn more about her, he tries to get close, but is thrown into a world of lies and confusion. The only thing that becomes apparent is that discovering the truth may get him killed.
I Know Lucy is a fascinating tale of a teenaged girl thrust into the most horrible of circumstances. Forced into a life of crime in order to survive, Lucy is a strong, resilient, and yet fragile young woman struggling to find a life for herself.
I enjoyed the way the author switched up the POVs in this book, first person for Zach and third for Lucy. It worked really well, since Lucy's part of the story are all remembrances of the past while Zach's are present day.
Lucy is a wonderfully real character, she seems to leap right off the page. Her story is exciting and heartbreaking and I want very much to know how it all turns out for her. Zach is a little odd and I found his intensity a bit off putting. However, he can be admired for his fierce desire to protect Lucy and save her, even though he doesn't realize the kind of danger he's putting himself and everyone he loves in.
If you enjoy YA suspense, you may want to give this one a try.