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"Opening Pandora’s Box" is a book written by Lisa A. McCombs. It is a sequel to "Raspberry Beret" that picks up where Abby hears sirens outside of her house. Something inside her told her she didn’t want to know what had happened. One night, Abby’s life was forever changed. Her best friend, Jesse, was killed by her own escaped convict father. Not only that, but Patrick was killed as well. Abby was no longer the sociable, lovable person she had once been. She was deeply depressed and withdrawn from her family and friends due to this incident. Over time, the “real” Abby starts to slowly emerge as she develops a better sense of who she is and titles her journal entries “Dear Jesse.” Toward the end of the story, she is doing much better and has grown up, ready to face the world as an adult.
"Opening Pandora’s Box" was even better than the prequel. It was much more dramatic, and it kept me on my toes. It definitely made an impact. McCombs' characters were so well-developed in her first book that I felt I knew them. Therefore, reading about Jesse and Patrick’s murders really hit me hard. I found myself concerned about the well-being of Abby and Annette. Both girls had experienced so much heartbreak and trauma in their young lives that you just wanted to reach out and hug them. It was a nice touch seeing how McCombs showed how Abby and Annette transitioned from young, troubled girls into better-adjusted young women. This is a definite must-read book for anyone who loves dramatic stories with a happy ending.