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Lyons, CJ, 1964-
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Publication Information:
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Fire, [2014]
Physical Description:
302 pages ; 22 cm
"Jesse seems like a normal sixteen-year-old, but he isn't. He is a victim of King--a ruthless hacker who has been blackmailing Jesse with incriminating screen photos and videos. Terrified and helpless, the answer to Jesse's prayers arrives in the form of a plain manila envelope. Inside there's a phone number and a note: I can help"--
General Note:
Includes an excerpt from Broken.
Reading Level:
HL 730 Lexile.

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He Can't Run, and He Can't Hide

Jesse is terrified. For four years, a twisted hacker named King has hijacked his computer webcam, collecting incriminating photos and videos he uses to blackmail Jesse. So far, Jesse's given into King's ruthless demands in order to protect his family. But now King wants something that's too horrible to contemplate--and if he doesn't get it, he'll kill Jesse's little sister.

Jesse is trapped. King's always watching. There is no escape.

Then hope arrives in a plain manila envelope. Inside is a cell phone and a note: I can help.

Praise for Broken:

"An intense page-turner."--New York Timesbestselling author April Henry

Author Notes

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sixteen novels, former pediatric ER doctor CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting-edge Thrillers with Heart. CJ has been called a master within the genre" (Pittsburgh Magazine) and her work has been praised as "breathtakingly fast-paced" and "riveting" (Publishers Weekly) featuring "characters with beating hearts and three dimensions" (Newsday). Learn more about CJ's Thrillers with Heart at"

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Booklist Review

Sexually abused by his uncle, Jesse is also being blackmailed by a hacker known as King. King hacked into Jesse's computer and captured videos that Jesse needs to keep private, so he does what King tells him, including live sessions online with King's clients (child predators). Jesse can never escape King, who has eyes and ears everywhere and is twisted enough to ruin not just Jesse's life but his family's, too. When Jesse is contacted by another cyber victim, Miranda, who claims she can bring down the villain, he agrees to work with her. Cyberbullying is a timely and important topic for teens, and Lyons smartly shows its devastating effect through Jesse's accessible voice, which is full of despair, rage, and fear. While Jesse and Miranda do fight back, the involvement of parents and law enforcement is key to their success. This is a tautly plotted thriller; a too-neat ending helps relieve the stress of the graphic sexual abuse. A list of websites to go to for help is included.--Hutley, Krista Copyright 2014 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Sixteen-year-old Jesse has been a virtual prisoner for four years. Monitored and watched through his phone and computer, he has been blackmailed into performing horrible acts by the man he knows as King.  Jesse has also been taken advantage of by his own uncle, the town hero and firefighter. Finally, King asks the unthinkable and Jesse has nowhere to turn and no reason for hope until an envelope arrives with a simple note saying "I can help."  Fourteen-year-old Miranda, her own life destroyed by King and suffering from crippling agoraphobia, has made it her mission to bring the evil man down and she has three days to do it before he sets his sights on her again. Jesse and Miranda's only chance to regain control of their lives is to work together and conquer their emotional and real-life demons. Because what King puts these kids through is truly despicable, Watched is not always an easy read. The kids find themselves in a world that would debilitate even the strongest adult much less two terrified teenagers. Their desperation for each other's help is the heartbeat of this story. It is also gratifying to see this tale told realistically, it would have been unfair to Jesse and Miranda's ordeal if the consequences of their situations were soft-pedalled. Lyons also handles the parental relationships in this story extremely well. The teen's behavior has a definite impact on the parent's lives, which was portrayed honestly with fear and confusion as well as love and patience. While a difficult and somewhat depressing novel at times, this is an excellent book and well worth the emotional investment.-Erik Knapp, Davis Library, Plano, TX (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.