Genre: Teen Mystery
Number of Pages: 395
📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS 📖
Welcome to Castle Cove — a town cursed with missing girls,
bad boyfriends, family secrets,
and some very steep cliffs.
Last summer, Alice Ogilvie’s basketball-star boyfriend, Steve, dumped her. Then she disappeared for five days. Where she went and what happened to her is the biggest mystery in Castle Cove. Or at least it was. Because now, another one of Steve’s girlfriends has vanished: Brooke Donovan, Alice’s ex-best friend. And it doesn’t look like Brooke will be coming back …
Enter Iris Adams, Alice’s tutor. Iris has her own reasons for wanting to disappear, though unlike Alice, she doesn’t have the money or the means. That could be changed by the hefty reward Brooke’s family is offering. The police are convinced Steve is the culprit, but Alice isn’t so sure, and with Iris on her side, she just might be able to prove her theory.
Luckily, Alice has exactly what they need to crack the case — the complete works of Agatha Christie. If there’s anyone who can teach the girls how to solve a mystery, it’s the master herself. But the town of Castle Cove holds many secrets, and Alice and Iris have no idea how much danger they’re about to walk into …
I had seen this book around and saw that the library had ordered it in, but it was reserved for the next month or so. Eventually it became available and I ran (well quickly walked) to the library to get it! Luckily I was not disappointed.
The writing was clear and easy to follow. There was a lot happening, but I never felt lost or confused. I loved the map at the beginning so that you could get a feel for the area. It brought things into perspective and helped you to see what the characters could see.
There was a good flow to the book. The story wasn’t rushed and there was time for an excellent twist at the end. You were taken on a journey with the characters and little bits were added throughout so that you really got invested with what was happening. The only reason that I didn’t give it 5 stars was that whilst it was well written, I didn’t struggle to put it down. I have just finished reading a book that I couldn’t put down and I think that that had a bearing on the rating of this.
The chapters weren’t overly long which meant that we didn’t hang around one character or place for too long. The chapters were alternating between the two main characters so you got a dual perspective which I enjoyed. The chapters were clearly labelled with the character’s name, date and time. This gave the story a good pace. I also loved the fact that each chapter had a quote from an Agatha Christie novel. That was a nice touch. I also liked the text messages and groups that were dotted around. I think that made the story more relevant to now and it was also nice to see what the other characters were thinking.
The main characters were excellent. There were many different layers to them and it was great to be on the journey with them, getting to know about them a bit more. Everything tied up nicely at the end so you had proper closure. I did feel that the ending would lead to more books and I wouldn’t say no to reading more!
Lastly the settings. They were very much secondary. You got the map at the beginning, and the odd bit of description, but really it was all about the conversation and the characters.
Overall I really enjoyed reading it and if there are any more books I would quite happily read them!
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