|Five midnights (Five Midnights)
Author: Cardinal, Ann Davila
Lupe Davila and Javier Utierre try to solve a series of grisly murders sweeping through Puerto Rico before the killer catches up with them.
|Accelerated Reader Information:
Interest Level: UG
Reading Level: 5.00
Points: 12.0 Quiz: 505165
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 05/01/2019 Lupe Dávila, half Puerto Rican, half Irish American, is visiting her uncle in Puerto Rico. They always bonded over his job as police chief, but Lupe never expected a case to hit close to home. Two boys have been brutally murdered within just minutes of their eighteenth birthdays, and her cousin Izzy and two more boys, all of whom belonged to a close-knit group called the cangrejos, made up of kids born during the same two weeks in July, have gone missing. Lupe joins forces with Javier, a former member of the cangrejos to figure out what the boys have in common, and the answers lead to ancient, supernatural legends. Something bad happened the night of the cangrejos' thirteenth birthday party that caused their mothers to call forth El Cuco, a bogeyman who demands retribution from misbehaving children. Cardinal's thrilling horror novel has a vivid sense of place and is richly infused with Latin American mythology, and horror genre fans tired of the usual ghosts, vampires, and werewolves are in for a real treat. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 05/01/2019 Gr 9 Up—When Lupe Dávila arrives in Puerto Rico to spend the summer with her Tío Esteban and Tía Maria, she doesn't imagine that she'll become so closely involved in one of her uncle's investigations. As two murders take place within the first few days of Lupe's arrival, she becomes increasingly concerned for her missing cousin Izzy and suspects that the cases are related. At the same time, Javier Utierre, close friend of the victims, realizes that both were part of Los Cangrejos, the group that he was a part of when he was younger. Soon he and Lupe are working together to try to find Izzy and discover who is behind the murders. As they get closer to the truth, they learn that the legendary El Cuco, embedded into the heart of the island and present in many places with many names, may be the shadow that is following Javier and Izzy, seeking to take them as well. Told from the perspectives of several of the characters, this fast-paced mystery delves into life in Puerto Rico—from the beauty of the island to the troubles that people face every day. Short chapters and events happening within the span of a few days will make this a quick read that teens will not want to put down until they uncover the truth. VERDICT A unique mystery brimming with suspense that brings a legendary character from Latin legends out of the shadows.—Selenia Paz, Harris County Public Library, Houston, TX - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.