But the story is even better than Riley imagined: there was a body hidden in the sinkhole when the boy fell in. The police have difficulty identifying the body, and Riley is ordered to drop the story. But she persists, and finds a connection to the nearby Amish community.
Though Riley grew up near the Amish, she discovers that she knows even less about them than she thought, and through her investigation,we learn along with her that Amish life is not as simple as it seems.
Written in the first-person from Riley's viewpoint, the reader experiences what she does with a real sense of being inside her skin. Kramer skilfully allows us enough objectivity to disagree with her actions, while completely understanding her motives.
Shunning Sarah is already receiving great reviews, and will certainly satisfy fans of Julie Kramer who are eagerly awaiting the new Riley Spartz book.
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*FTC Full Disclosure: Many thanks to the publisher, who sent me an advance copy of the book for review purposes.