This was my first Lois Duncan novel. I thought it was excellent! The book was very suspenseful and gave tons of descriptive detail, as well as lots of feelings and emotions in the characters. The story is about a girl named Sarah that has just moved from a town called Ventura,California. She moves to a small little town called Pine Crest that seems nice on the outside, but is really twisted and hidden with unbearable lies underneath. Sarah is asked to take part in a school fundraiser, a carnival and is asked to be a gypsy that tells fortunes, by the school jock. She uses an old paper weight as her glass ball, but later she discovers that she can see people's secrets and predict the future! I don't want to give the book away, but something terrible happens.. sending lies, mischeif,backstabbers,magic, and witches into the small quiet town of Pine Crest. I really enjoyed this novel, it was a great thriller! Next I will be reading one of her books that I ordered off the internet, called Daughter's of Eve. I suggest you try reading this book or one of her many novels, she is truely a GREAT writer!