Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie

Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie


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ISBN-13: 9781524104177
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Publication date: 11/28/2017
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 261,781
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 13 - 16 Years

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Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
SchizanthusNerd More than 1 year ago
I’m not quite sure how this happened but I made it through my entire childhood without reading a single Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys book. I began to rectify this glaring hole in my bookish experience two years ago when my library bought the first few Nancy Drew books. I read and enjoyed the first two before getting distracted by another book. Here we are two years later and I’ve been distracted by so many other books that I haven read the third book or beyond. I’m yet to read a Hardy Boys book. I was excited to have the opportunity to read Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie but when I tried to get into it the first time I was concerned that my lack of inside information about this trio would mean I would be lost before I started. I needn’t have worried. Finally giving up on getting to know Nancy better and the Hardy Boys at all first I dove into this graphic novel today and it was surprisingly awesome! When I originally met book Nancy she came across to me as fitting a tad too well in the ‘practically perfect in every way’ box but I loved her character in this noir graphic novel. This story shows Nancy, Frank and Joe with an edge that I’m guessing they never had in the novels. In this story we find ourselves in postcard perfect Bayport. The Hardy Boys are suspects in their father’s murder and together with childhood friend and fellow mystery solver Nancy Drew, they need to find a way to clear their names and identify the real murderer. Along the way there are fist fights, suspicion thrown around some shady and not so shady characters, police brutality, flashbacks, meetings in the middle of the night and a good ol’ fashioned secret passageway left over from the Prohibition era. I’m not sure how people who grew up loving Nancy, Frank and Joe will fare with what appears to be a hardening of their characters and a less innocent bunch of mystery solvers. I enjoyed the grittiness of the investigation and it probably says something about the feel of the graphic novel that in my head the male narrator/voice over had the same voice as Mickey Rourke’s Marv in Sin City. I loved the front cover image, combining the trio and providing a hint of what’s to come. The illustrations matched the style of the story; dark, murky at times, with plenty of shadows to add to the ambience. While one part of the mystery is solved in this graphic novel there’s an overarching mystery that remains to be solved another day, and it will definitely be a follow up I’ll be looking out for. Thank you so much to NetGalley, Dynamite Entertainment and Diamond Book Distributors for the opportunity to read this graphic novel.
bookwomen37 More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of the Stratemeyer Series books and I did enjoy seeing a lot of them in this book however the story was too dark for my taste and the art was just as dark. I liked that the characters were grown up and interacting with each other but they were not true to character. The mystery itself was good with a nice twist at the end. The main mystery was solved but I did not like the cliff hanger.
suekitty13 More than 1 year ago
This is not your grandma's Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys! It's a gritty, violent, crime-ridden world where people are murdered in bloody ways. Nancy is brilliant and kick-ass as expected and she's a real babe too! The Hardy brothers are good foils with complimentary personalities but I was a bit shocked at how much they physically fought with each other. I have never read the original series so I can't compare but this one is definitely for teens and adults. I'm really interested to see where this conspiracy goes! The retro graphic style and colouring suited the darkness of this noir detective story while still keeping it fun, since these are teenagers. Nancy Drew is very femme fatale in this series and it's kind of awesome. The depictions of the Hardy boys remind me a bit of Jughead and Archie which fits with their personalities too. Thank you to Diamond Book Distributors for providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review.