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Author: Elaine Marie Alphin
ISBN13: 978-0142301470
Title: Counterfeit Son
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Language: English
Category: Growing Up and Facts of Life
Publisher: Puffin Books (July 8, 2002)

Counterfeit Son by Elaine Marie Alphin

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Elaine Marie Alphin writes an interesting, page turner story that I would encourage teens and young adults to read. It is a very dark story and the subject matter is deeply disturbing. I cannot say I enjoyed reading it but I was definitely riveted. It was very short so I ended up reading it in a single sitting but given the topic at hand it worked better as it was direct and to the point with no filler at all. This book tells the story of a 14 year old boy called Cameron Miller. It is a very dark story and the subject.

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Counterfeit Son (2002). About book: "An engrossing, suspenseful novel that is sure to keep the reader glued to the page. All he has ever known is the stench of the locked cellar, where he can hear the blows and cries and his father's torrent of terror and abuse. Then a miracle happens: his father is killed in a police shootout.

Elaine Marie Alphin lives out her dream job of writing for children and young adults, and speaking to them at schools and conferences

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Cameron Miller is the son of a murderer. All he has ever known is the stench of the locked cellar, where he can hear the blows and cries and his father's torrent of terror and abuse. Then a miracle happens: his father is killed in a police shootout. In the aftermath, Cameron grabs his one chance for a normal life: he takes on the identity of Neil Lacey, a boy who Mr. Miller had abducted six years ago. As Neil, he has a life with loving parents, a brother and sister, and the comforts only money can buy. But someone knows what Cameron's doing-someone with the power to turn his life back into a nightmare. "An engrossing, suspenseful novel that is sure to keep the reader glued to the page." (Kirkus Reviews)
Reviews: 7
This author lived in our community, and after reading some reviews on her website, I decided to give this book a try. The subject matter is definitely pretty mature, and I was holding my breath until the end, afraid of how it would turn out. I thought it was a great book, interesting characters, and a well-thought out story line. There are a fair number of typos in the Kindle version, but don't let that stop you!
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Interesting book for middle schoolers. It dances around the true horrors of capture by a sadistic pedophile at a level that is suitable for middle schoolers, while treading on too few of the lingering emotions that would plague a rescued child to be believable. The story itself has obvious holes and falls short of making the transition from captive to freedom seem realistic, although much of that is probably due to writing for an adolescent audience.
Interesting book
I really enjoyed the book. The whole time you were wondering if he was there kid or was he the child of a murderer
For years, a young boy lives with a serial killer and witnesses horrible acts of abuse and killing. Convinced that he has been "bad" and the beatings he receives are intended to correct his behavior, he follows the orders of his captor by attending school daily as if nothing is wrong, appearing in public places calmly and quietly, and returning to help his captor hide evidence and bury the bodies of other not-so-lucky boys.

When the serial killer is finally caught in a police raid, the young boy, who for years has been told he is the son of the killer, decides his only chance for a better life is to pretend to be one the missing boys. Neil Lacey's parents can hardly believe that the son they lost six years ago has been returned. Although at least one detective is suspicious of such a happy ending, they take Neil home and try to resume a normal family life.

Neil still thinks of himself as Cameron, and in his mind, he thinks of his cruel abuser as Pop. With knowledge he gained from newspaper clippings recounting stories of the missing Neil Lacey, he hopes to fool his new family. Between fear of discovery and the fear that the horrible beatings and other abuse he suffered at the hands of Pop will somehow return, Neil tries to settle in and renew relationships with his parents and brother and sister.

As the days and weeks after his rescue pass, Neil feels less and less secure. His sister, Diana, claims to have doubts that he is really her brother, and forensic testing on the bodies of the killer's victims might still ruin everything. Can he possibly pull this off? And why is he feeling more and more like maybe he might actually be Neil Lacey?

COUNTERFEIT SON is the type of story you might expect to watch on some TV docu-drama. It's the amazing story of survival of a kidnap victim being reunited with anxious family members, but with twists and turns that make this a riveting adventure. Author Elaine Marie Alphin creates an immediate emotional attachment to Neil. Whether he is the long-lost kidnap victim or the abused son of the maniac doesn't really seem to matter. His character will captivate readers and their desire to know his complete story make this book excellent reading.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
Cameron is fourteen when his father is finally killed in a police raid. For as long as he can remember, Pop had abused and raped him, and brought other young boys back to their isolated cottage to abuse as well. Cameron tried to tell these other boys to behave themselves and quietly do what Pop said, but eventually they all misbehaved and ended up dead, buried in the cellar of the house.

Before Pop died, Cameron spent a great deal of time locked in the cellar, and he came across a filing cabinet filled with newspaper articles about all of the boys Pop had abducted and killed. One story about Neil Lacey particularly struck him, especially the descriptions of the family's sailboats. When Pop dies, Cameron decides that he can become Neil Lacey, that he can convince this family he is their missing son.

Neil's parents immediately believe that Cameron is their son. They bring him into their lives and try to act like everything is exactly as it used to be. But Neil's thirteen-year-old sister Diana and eight-year-old brother Stevie are another matter. They watch his actions and compare him to what they remember of their brother. Diana even confronts him, telling him she knows he isn't Neil.

Will Cameron be able to keep up this act? When Cougar, a man who was something of a partner to Pop and whom Pop got sent to jail, is paroled, will Cameron be in danger?

I liked the Lacey family. I liked the way they all fit together and the dynamics between the kids and their parents. I liked that the kids weren't as overjoyed as the parents about having someone back who claimed to be their brother. I also liked that Cameron was such a survivor, and even after all of the trauma with Pop, he looked like he might be able to have something of a normal life.

I thought the ending was too easy, though, and I thought that Detective Simmons was far too venomous toward Cameron. Even if he were sure Cameron was lying, I don't think any police officer would have been that outright mean to a kid.