Billy wants to keep his family together, or what is left of his family. His mother is no longer with them, his older sister dresses provocative and keeps bad company which worries Billy and Billy has the reputation for being the accused for many of the neighborhoods problems, Billy realizes he needs to step up before it’s too late. Their family is about to lose their home and with his dad not able to work, Billy takes it upon himself to find the money to save it. It’s definitely a large sum of money for a 14 year-old boy to make in such a short time but Billy is determined to give it all he has. Starting out with odd jobs around the neighborhood, these meager sums don’t add up quickly but when there’s a reward for boys who have gone missing, Billy is determined that money is going to wind up in his pocket. Thinking that he can solve this crime using his knowledge of the neighborhood and his connections, Billy tries to piece together the mystery the police are unable to solve. Using clues, only Billy was able to stumble upon, this dark and mysterious novel had me wondering if his time and effort was really all worth it. He’s only a teen but his determination and his inquisitive mind led him in directions and pushed him forward, giving it everything he had, as he knew his life and his family’s life was also on the line.
What I really enjoyed about this novel was the character of Billy. His past haunted him, he knew that some people didn’t care for him and that this could work to his advantage as he tried to find out what was happening to the missing boys. He didn’t have to follow no protocol; he followed what he thought needed to be done and sometimes even second guessed himself as this mystery started to unravel. Billy took it upon himself to be the man-of-the-house when his father gave up, his talks with his father and his speeches with his sister; it showed a deep love for his family and what type a person he really was vs. what the community thought of him.