"Review My Books" review by Lena @ I Love Books Club
by Suzanne Myers
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Soho Teen (November 11, 2014)
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When a catastrophic hurricane devastates Stone Cove Island, a serene New England resort community, everyone pulls together to rebuild. Seventeen-year-old Eliza Elliot volunteers to clean out the island’s iconic lighthouse and stumbles upon a secret in the wreckage: a handwritten, anonymous confession to a thirty-year-old crime.Sometimes there are books that you expect something to happen in this book… and it doesn’t happen. It doesn’t mean it’s a bad book; it’s just a type of book that you might have enjoyed more if things kind of went your way. I know you can’t really say, “I want a book to go my way” because you didn’t write it. But this is the second time in a month (I read this in November) that I read a book expecting “something” and it wasn’t that. (Spoiler Alert: this “something” is murder) Um, sorry for this quick rant, but back to the actual review.
Bess Linsky’s unsolved murder has long haunted the island, and the letter turns the town inside out. Everyone who knew Bess is suddenly a suspect. Soon Eliza finds herself in the throes of an investigation she never wanted or asked for. As Stone Cove Island fights to recover from disaster, Eliza plunges the locals back into a nightmare they believed was long buried.
I did like the setting of this novel, though. Stone Cove Island was just hit by a huge hurricane, and the small island is now a mess. Many people don’t have power, and everyone is trying to rebuild and clean up the damage.
Myers does write a suspense novel with interesting twists and turns, but I just didn’t like how it ended. There were a couple things I hoped Myers would expand into having a more important role in the murder mystery but it wasn’t.
The characters are more like pieces of a board game that are propelling the plot forward. Eliza wasn’t a memorable character, nor did I really connect to her that much. The romance with Charlie was fine; again it was cute but not major part of the book. Sometimes, it was annoying when Eliza didn’t admit to herself that she liked him.
There was one romance scene and some kissing scenes, but nothing over the top or scandalous for a teenager to read (as long as you are over the age of 13). There wasn’t any profanity, or rough violence in this book. This novel is targeted for a high school audience.
While this book did grab my attention… I could still put the book down for a night in order to go sleep. I would recommend this book for people who like family secrets, a small town mystery, and a quick book to read. If you are looking for a dark murder mystery… don’t read this book
Lena @ I Love Books Club