Six children keep Kate Thompson busy. Her oldest daughter, Jess, is almost sixteen and acting the part — something Kate had hoped to avoid. Yet, she's quick to remind herself that it could be so much worse. Besides, there are more important things to worry about than adolescent moodiness, like convincing her husband that they're ready for one more baby.
Jess gave up competing for attention at home a long time ago. But now, even her best friend doesn't seem to have time for her. Then Jess meets Emily online. Unlike everyone else in Jess's life, she can talk to Emily about anything. Emily understands her. Emily listens.When the unthinkable happens, and Jess disappears, Brad and Kate Thompson realize that they missed something — something big. How could this happen in their home? To their daughter? Most important, will Jess ever come home again?
By Cheri, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This book addresses one of the topics scary for every parent. I kept thinking about my children, my parenting, and what I would do if my child started behaving in a way that raised those red flags. I also thought it was important to show that the worst can happen even if the child seems to be turning it around and improving--and the author did this. If I have one complaint, it's that Jess's recovery after the fact was glossed over to the point that it felt too easy. What happened to her is not something that can be overcome in months; it takes years. We could call her one of the "lucky" ones, but at the same time that's the main part that just didn't strike me as real enough.
I also liked how the author portrayed the family as loving, but imperfect. Even though while reading it I was almost screaming "but she didn't mean that" and "why are you being so stubborn" they did eventually get around to communicating.
Internet predators (and other predators) don't spare anyone. This family was church-going and caring and stable, for the most part, yet the evil penetrated their protective shell and almost destroyed them. I appreciated the author's tips at the end of the book that addressed education as a way of arming our children against predators rather than trying to shield them. As parents, we should of course do all we can to ensure our children are in a safe environment, and that should not exclude their time spent online.
By Stephanie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Josi Kilpack does a perfect job of addressing a scary but important issue. It was very well written and she obviously did her research and effectively portrayed the situation. I learned a lot about the threats of the internet that I will definitely apply in my life. Telling the story from several different perspectives really made the novel so much more interesting and effective. Even though the book was mostly about internet predators, I think it also demonstrates the challenges of an average Mormon family really well. Even families that appear perfect to others, and that don't have any serious problems, still struggle. Even in a good marriage there is conflict and disagreement. Hearing the views from the wife, husband, and child really helped me to understand each person's perspective. I was both entertained and enlightened as I read this book!
By Danyelle, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I love that Josi picks topics that haven't been discussed in LDS fiction before. This one was very mind opening - online predators. The story was great, but also informative - especially for me as a mother of elementary age children who like to be on the computer. Great book!
By Rachelle, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This is a riveting story which will keep you turning the pages as fast you can! Kilpack covers the extremely timely and important issue of socializing on the internet and some of the consequences which do happen with internet predators. Every parent should read this and talk to their kids about social networking, chatting, internet stalking, and how easy it is to assume a false identity on the internet. I especially liked Sheep’s Clothing because Kilpack took a good girl, Jess, and showed how she got into trouble. It wasn’t because Jess was necessarily rebellious or acting out, the internet predator found an opportunity and capitalized on it. Kilpack is a very talented author. You won't be disappointed.
By Stephanie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I was frustrated through the book with the daughter and parents. Frustrated that no one knew what was going on with the daughter. BUT the book was a great reminder not to get complacent with my children and their habits. I reminded my children that I get to read their emails/texts/etc. I had to finish the book to make sure all ended well.
By Denice, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I don't have any children at home anymore but I do have grandchildren. I think this book should be read by all parents whose children use the internet so as to be aware of the dangers out there. It is a warning to all parents to be aware and watchful when their children are on the "net".
I love Jocie's books and always look forward to her new ones.
By Karlene, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Sheep's_Clothing is one of those books that everyone needs to read. Josi Kilpack does a great job of entertaining us, while informing on the very real dangers of Internet predators. If your children have access to the Internet, you need to read this book. If those children are over the age of 12, they need to read this book.
I liked the Prologue, which sets the tone and foreshadows events to come. I liked the way Josi started each chapter with e-mails between Jess, Emily and Colt. It was unnerving to see how subtle, yet manipulative those e-mails were--how the predator coaxed identifying information from Jess, alienating and isolating her from her parents and friends, and finally, convincing her to break all the rules and meet in real life. The scenes with Jess seemed realistic and right on with the way teens think and feel. I could really empathize with her.
The concept and plot are great. The characterizations are well developed. I liked the ending. Josi found a delicate balance between reality (the usual result) and a happy ending (unlikely). She handled the inevitable result of kidnapping by a predator very well and believably--adults will know exactly what happened to this girl, but we aren't forced to read a blow-by-blow description of it, and I very much appreciate that.
I think this is an important read on a timely topic and so I say once again: If your children have access to the Internet, YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. If those children are over the age of 12, THEY NEED TO READ THIS BOOK.
By Melissa, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I loved this story. It sucked me right in. It sure makes you aware of the dangers of the internet.
By Janet, Submitted on 2015-02-25
While the internet is a great tool for so many purposes, predators and pedophiles use it effectively, too. This gripping novel unmasks some of the evil that lurks on the internet.Kilpack's story is a precautionary tale of our day and should be taken to heart by all its readers. I applaud her for taking on this difficult and important subject and making her story feel so chillingly real to the reader.
By Barbara , Submitted on 2015-02-25
Sheep's Clothing is any mother's nightmare. A daughter being abducted by a an internet predator. Someone who thought they were the invited guest but was the one nobody asked but they came anyway. This book was informative, intriguing and eye opening. Read it for yourself it is amazing how easy something so horrible can happen so easily through the technology of life.
Read it tonight you won't regret it.
By Amy, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I have to say that this book was fantastic. I am a teenager and it really brought the dangers of the internet to my attention. I had always been careful, but this just confirmed the dangers that can happen. I really recommend this to any teenager, parent, or anyone else. It is great. The only part I thought could have been left out was the whole thing about Jesse's mom's trouble with trying to have a baby. It should have been Jesse's story. Anyway, that is my two cents. Hope you enjoy the book
By Eileen, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Josi. S. Kilpack did an amazing job on this! This book is very real. It's very good, but also kind of creepy, but true. Things like that actually happen. It's sad, but true, and I really enjoyed reading it. I read it really fast because I was so into the book and really wanted to know what was going to happen. So I started it late one day and read it into the night, and finished it the next morning. I loved it!
By Brittany, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I love the topics that Josi chooses for her books. It was eye-opening to see how manipulative online predators can be. The way that the predator gained the confidence of his victim while simultaneously pushing her away from family and friends was chilling. It was interesting that the predator started out by pretending to be a young female ('Emily') and then slowly transitioned the victim's affections to an older male figure ('Colt'). I loved the concept of the book. I felt that Jess and her mother Kate were very well-developed characters; with both good qualities and flaws. There were some distracting errors in the copy of the book I read, and I hope they were fixed in future printings. (For example, 'mybulletinbored'- should actually be 'mybulletinboard'). At first I thought the misspelling of the word 'board' was a very clever way in which the author was subtly showing the ignorance or immaturity of Jess, the teenage victim, but then I saw the same error as part of the narrative. (oops!)
By Laura, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I thought the book was well written and had likable characters. Unfortunately the scenario in the books happens too much in our day and age. I think that is why I didn't like this book as well. To put it bluntly, it was creepy. It really wasn't a feel good book. I read to escape from reality, not be reminded of how sick our society really is.
By Heather, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Another grand slam by Kilpack. As I read an advance copy, I was immediately caught up in the vivid characters that Kilpack is so talented at creating. Kate is someone any woman can identify with--the do-it-all mother whose faith is seemingly unshakable. Then the unthinkable happens. Kilpack's story line brings to light a fear that every parent harbors, and the understanding that it could happen to any of us--right inside our own home. Suspenseful and gripping, I highly recommend this novel.
By Elizabeth, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I loved this book. I keep hearing how bad the message boards are that our youth are members of, however this book brought it to life. It is so true to the stories I have heard from members who work for agencies that chase after these men. Kilpack puts everything into perspective with very believable characters. I love that not only do we see the home life and internet messages, but I enjoyed the journal entries too. Thank you for writing a book that all mothers of teenagers could read to gain a better understanding of what our youth are dealing with today.
By Chelsie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I regard Kilpack as one of the best LDS fiction authors of this time. Her novels are a breath of fresh air with how true, but not graphic, her stories are. This one was especially realistic and not only kept you turning page after page, but it's insightful as to the potential dangers of the internet. Spectacularly written and a must-have for anyone's collection.
By Whitney, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I love Josi Kilpack! I am a college student, and she made me consider how careful I really need to be on the internet. If you have a child who is online a lot, this is a great book to have them read (especially daughters) to help them to understand the dangers of online predators. GREAT read!
By julie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
A wonderfully written novel that is so timely in this age of the internet. The plot is so well orchestrated that you almost forget to breathe until you find out what happens next.
By Tristi, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I was so impressed with Josi Kilpack's latest, 'Sheep's Clothing.' The Internet is a fabulous tool, but can also be a danger, and I loved the way Kilpack took a fictional setting and reminded us just how alert we must be. , I've spoken with parents who don't understand what a threat the Internet is, and I thank Kilpack for opening eyes and giving us tools to help keep us safe. , Plus it's an extremely good story.