by Jennifer Donnelly
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press (October 27, 2015)
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Jo Montfort is beautiful and rich, and soon—like all the girls in her class—she’ll graduate from finishing school and be married off to a wealthy bachelor. Which is the last thing she wants. Jo dreams of becoming a writer—a newspaper reporter like the trailblazing Nellie Bly.
Wild aspirations aside, Jo’s life seems perfect until tragedy strikes: her father is found dead. Charles Montfort shot himself while cleaning his pistol. One of New York City’s wealthiest men, he owned a newspaper and was a partner in a massive shipping firm, and Jo knows he was far too smart to clean a loaded gun.Jo Montfort is like Katniss Everdeen. The girl wants to give voice to those that do not have any saying. She wants justice and she wants to bring truth to the public. She is not scared to tell her family she does not want to get marry and follow her dreams as a journalist. No, the girl has guts.
The more Jo hears about her father’s death, the more something feels wrong. Suicide is the only logical explanation, and of course people have started talking, but Jo’s father would never have resorted to that. And then she meets Eddie—a young, smart, infuriatingly handsome reporter at her father’s newspaper—and it becomes all too clear how much she stands to lose if she keeps searching for the truth. But now it might be too late to stop.
The past never stays buried forever. Life is dirtier than Jo Montfort could ever have imagined, and this time the truth is the dirtiest part of all.
Yet her life is turned upside down, when she learns that her father is dead. She is told it was by accident, but Jo is not one that just goes by what people tell her. She will seek the truth about his death and it will become a dangerous road for her.
As Jo confronts a young reporter, Eddie Gallagher, he ends telling her the truth. Or at least a different story of what she originally told. Jo digs her father’s past and the more she digs, more secrets are revealed. The more her life becomes in danger.
I loved how this book grabs your attention from page one. It brings some sense of mystery and like Jo, you just want to know the truth. As you put the clues together, because you obviously need to, the murder is a bit predictable. However, the facts are fun to put together that it doesn’t really matter if it is obvious.
The fast pace, the twists, the mystery, a brave character… these are just some reasons why you need to read this book. This is the first time I read a book by Jennifer Donnelly and it will not be my last. She is such a fantastic story teller. You will be engaged with this story, so make sure to read this one! Lovers of mystery will sure have this as a favorite.