Study Guide

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer Chapter 22

By Lish McBride

Chapter 22

Easy Like Sunday Morning

  • Fearing that not talking to the cops after Sam's disappearance would make their crew look even shadier, Ramon agrees to have a sit-down with Detective Dunaway during his break at Plumpy's.
  • Ramon recounts what Sam did on the day of his disappearance—the trip to see Kevin's bizarre family, hanging with Frank, talking on the phone, and finally, his ill-fated walk to get some fresh air.
  • Detective Dunaway reveals that surveillance footage of Sam's back-slashing attack on the night Brooke died has been unearthed, and he can't figure out the guy punching Frank's car with his fist. We, of course, know it's because the guy punching the car is a werewolf, but that's not the kind of thing you say in a detective sit-down.
  • Ramon ruminates on Sam's last day, trying to find some detail that could crack things wide open. He suddenly recalls that he doesn't know who Sam was talking to on the phone.
  • After retrieving Sam's phone from his locker at work, he searches the call history for a number he doesn't recognize and calls it—June Walker answers.
  • June gives Ramon some directives that sound totally bizarre to him: First, he has to let Sam's mom know she has to break Sam's binding, and then, he has to call a mystery number and let them know someone named Brid is also okay. He gets the werewolves' voicemail and leaves a message at the beep.
  • Apart from his skateboard, Ramon has no mode of transportation, so he hits up Mrs. Winalski for a ride to Sam's mom's place. They hop in her 1965 Mustang and have a death-defying, harrowing drive, because Mrs. W. is evidently terrifying behind the wheel.
  • Upon arriving at Sam's mom's, Ramon gets another surprise: Tia and Haley, Sam's sister, know Mrs. W. Why, you ask? Because she's a witch, too. Honestly, Frank and Ramon are the only people in this book who aren't werewolves, witches, necromancers, or zombie heads.
  • Ramon delivers the message about Sam's binding, and Tia and Mrs. W. immediately try to go all double, double, toil and trouble on Sam's binding.
  • Ramon's phone rings. It's Brannoc returning his call, and demanding information about Bridin in his growling werewolf voice. When Ramon says Douglas has her, Brannoc says he knows where to find him.
  • Tired of just sitting around watching the witches do they witch thing, Ramon asks Brannoc to give him Douglas's address. Oh snap. Looks like things are about to get way out of control in the Land of Ramon…

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