1. What are some of the traumatic events that have occurred that make Johnny Merrimon a troubled boy?
Because of the abduction of his twin sister, Alyssa, abandonment by his father, Spencer, and his mother, Katherine's, addictive relationship with the despicable Ken Holloway, Johnny Merrimon is a hyper-vigilant thirteen-year-old who double-checks locks on the doors, drinks and skips school, and distrusts adults.
2. What binds Johnny and Detective Hunt?
Johnny's sister's disappearance has become Johnny's obsession, as well as the obsession that haunts Detective Clyde Hunt. This obsession has caused Hunt's family to disintegrate and Johnny to become a nearly feral adolescent, afraid of adults and highly self-reliant.
3. What has happened to Katherine since the disappearances of her daughter and husband?
Johnny's mother, Katherine, has become a drug addict after the disappearances of her daughter and husband and is involved in a violent, destructive relationship with another drug addict, Ken Holloway.
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