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Posted May 29, 2012
Yoni Kornblau This mystery novel is very compelling to read, an
This mystery novel is very compelling to read, and very dull at the same time. Clara Dooley who thinks she has a weak heart, is not allowed to leave the house, where her mother works as a helper. Clara, against her mom’s will, sneaks a neighborhood girl into her house every so often. Together, with the help of some birds, they uncover many mysteries about the owner’s family, the Glendovires. This basic summary of the book sounds really dull and completely boring, which is mainly how I view this book. Besides for the ending, which I won’t give away, the book is quite actionless.
This novel is excellently written on the sentence-by-sentence level, but I think the plot development could use some sort of speed elixir. Even when the plot was actually starting to take place when I read it, I felt like I was still in a quasi- introduction mode. This type of style is quite discouraging to a reader who likes action books, so if you do, I wouldn’t recommend this book to you. In my opinion if the plot was condensed into a third of the current size, I think the book would be appealing to a more diverse audience.
This book also has a very obvious ending which is predictable far before the turn of the last page, but I read to the end only because I was hoping for an unexpected plot twist. If you’re looking for a real mystery novel, stick to Sherlock Holmes or similar books.
All in all, I didn’t find this a very interesting book, and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. If you have the book at home, you might want to try reading it because people have different opinions, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it. I am generously rating this book 2stars, because I like how O’Dell handles the eerie topic of reincarnation. (I wouldn’t normally mention that because it’s a bit of a spoiler, but I want to justify my rating.)
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