This story's premise is believable and upsetting - only the twelve-year-old daughter survives a brutal family murder by two random, wandering male bums. Readers who know the true story behind Truman Capote's book IN COLD BLOOD will feel their skin crawl immediately. It would be nice (if there's anything "nice" about brutal murders) to think that one innocent family members survives situations like this. Although I found the story compelling, I had some difficulty believing that child of approximately the seventh grade level has the street smarts to survive, travel by public transportation, venture into seedy neighborhoods, and seek out fake ID. This book is presented as book number one in a future series. I have not finished reading the book, so I can hope that it stands on its own as a satisfying story without being required to read book two for a sense of the outcome.