Ben is Shy, Caring, and Disloyal. He is a round character because the author makes the readers think he is a psychopath because he is in jail for killing his girlfriend but then the readers learn why he did it and that he cared about her.
"According to what I knew, there should've been a stream- Hunters Creek- running parallel to the path we were on. But a four-year drought meant no water, and the stream had dwindled to nothing but a boggy seeping."(81)
Archie is rude and disloyal. He is a flat character because you don't really get to know anything about him. He is static because you never really know who he is or why he acts as he does.
"I didn't pick Rose, by the way, if that's what you're wondering."(3)
The theme of the book is someone's background can affect the way they act and treat others. At the beginning of the book the author makes Ben out to be a terrible person but throughout the book he gains more sympathy for others. The author tries to show the readers that maybe he had good reasons to do these bad things.
"She was staring at the TV screen mounted over the pump, which was showing the same news station as inside, of 2 runaway males who were last seen with 2 women."(48)
The author explains the setting very well. She explains the stream so the readers have background information before they get stuck in the snow beside Hunters-Creek stream.
The author shows suspense by using this one line at the very beginning of the book. The readers wonder why he had said that. The sentence has the readers questing the book before they get into it.
Foreshadowing is shown during this by showing that the characters in the book are going to have something to do with them otherwise why would the author add them.