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Reviewed by LadyJay for TeensReadToo.com

Mathilda Savitch believes that her sister, Helene, was murdered - pushed in front of a train by an insane man. The killer is still out there, and no one seems to be doing anything about it.

Mathilda's parents seem oblivious to anything except their own pain. Her moth...
Mathilda Savitch believes that her sister, Helene, was murdered - pushed in front of a train by an insane man. The killer is still out there, and no one seems to be doing anything about it.

Mathilda's parents seem oblivious to anything except their own pain. Her mother suffers from bouts of depression, finding solace at the bottom of a bottle. Her father tries to maintain a sense of normalcy, but Mathilda knows it is a façade.

She decides to do some investigating of her own. She hacks Helene's email account only to find it empty. She discovers other clues, but they are few and far between. Did one of Helene's many boyfriends become jealous and kill her in a fit of passion? Was someone stalking her?

None of the potential answers add up because Mathilda knows the truth - she has known all along. The problem is accepting that truth......

MATHILDA SAVITCH is Victor Lodato's debut novel. He has created quite an interesting character in Mathilda. She is inquisitive, intelligent, eccentric and, above all else, stubborn. She is the kind of person who doesn't back down. Mathilda questions everything and explores every topic, from religion to relationships to sex.

If you enjoy novels that push boundaries, pick this one up. It will be interesting to see what Lodato comes up with for his next novel. I will be waiting.........somewhat patiently.

posted by TeensReadToo on October 2, 2009

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Maybe more of a plot would have helped

I skimmed this. B&N has it on their finalist list for their Discover Best of the Year. At first I thought hear the voice of a thirteen-year-old whose older teen sister had died would be interesting, but somehow it never really came together. I think a little more impetu...
I skimmed this. B&N has it on their finalist list for their Discover Best of the Year. At first I thought hear the voice of a thirteen-year-old whose older teen sister had died would be interesting, but somehow it never really came together. I think a little more impetus at the beginning would have helped me to carry on--say, looking for her killer or something. She's a clever protagonist, but you have to have a personal interest to listen with more than half-an-ear to the ramblings of a thirteen-year-old. Geez, they don't listen to us either. I liked Blacklands by Bauer better for getting into the mind of a child.

posted by TheReadingWriter on March 16, 2010

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  • Posted April 17, 2013

    This book is a great read. It shows a child in the middle of los

    This book is a great read. It shows a child in the middle of losing her innocence through the experiences in her life which I know all to well. The only down fall I found in this book is that you see towards the beginning the big shocker that you are not suppose to know unitl the end.

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  • Posted April 27, 2010

    Intriguing but falls short.

    Mathilda Savitch has appointed herself detective with the intent to find out who pushed her sister in front of the train that killed her. As the story unwinds we are privy to the way both she and her parents deal with their grief. Little by little she puts small details together and discovers the truth. The momentum is good but the ending fails to satisfy and that was a disappointment.

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  • Posted April 18, 2010

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    The black and white book cover with a stencil of a mysterious girl running in the woods first drew my attention. Then the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award Winner gave me a "Housekeeping Seal of Approval." Quite an unusual and somewhat poetically written novel. The main character, a young teenage girl, Mathilda, with lots of troubles and questions on her mind. In particular, her older sister's unexplainable sudden death, until she meets a certain person who reveals all.

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