What Happened to Cass McBride? by Gail Giles

Gail Giles What Happened to Cass McBride?

211 pp.  Little, Brown and Company.  2006  ISBN: 978-0-316-16639-3 (p’back)

(From the publisher) ” Kyle Kirby has planned a cruel and unusual revenge on Cass McBride, the most popular girl in school, for the death of his brother David. He digs a hole. Kidnaps Cass. Puts her in a box–underground. He buries her alive. But lying in the deepest dark, Cass finds a weapon: she uses the power of words to keep her nemesis talking–and herself breathing–during the most harrowing 48 hours of her life.”

Talk about a suspenseful book!  The story is told from the perspectives of Kyle, Cass and the detective, Ben allowing us to learn what has happened from the time Cass is kidnapped to when Kyle is in police custody.  I was instantly hooked, but who wouldn’t be intrigued by a teenager burying a girl alive?!  Kyle’s brother, David, has killed himself and Kyle blames Cass.  Her punishment is to be buried alive, but she also has to listen to Kyle tell David’s tragic life story and how she led to his suicide.

What Happened to Cass McBride is the ultimate story of revenge and using your words wisely.  Kyle has been looking out for David his entire life.  Their mother (one of the most horrible mothers in fiction if you ask me) has abused David mentally, physically and verbally his entire life.  This has caused David to be socially awkward and cry more than normal.  Kyle needs to avenge David’s death, so he heads straight for Cass.  Cass, though, has grown up in a house where image  and selling yourself is everything.  She’s learned from her father how to make people love her, and in return, how to get what she wants.  She has to use her words wisely with Kyle, because each second that she’s buried is a second closer to death.  And each word breathed leaves her with less oxygen.

This was a quick, leave you on the edge of your seat read, that reluctant readers will love (or anyone who loves suspense!).  I was literally gripping the pages as I reached the last 20 pages.  I thought I knew how it would end, but I was completely wrong!  It was a surprise that left me thinking…


  1. Hey! Mrs. Andersen, You really need to make a second half of Adult Literature before I graduate so that I have an actual class that matters to me (: I Miss that class so much it was my favorite class & if I could retake the first half of Adult Literature I would!!!!
    -Abby Bogie 😀

  2. Mrs. Andersen says:

    Hey Abby 😀 I will try my best to create a class; I really want to put one together. I’m putting together a book club for school, and we’re meeting on Tuesday the 21st after school. You should come so you can keep up with the books and everything!

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