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Review: Hanging By a Thread (Sophie Littlefield)

Product Details:
Reading level: YA
Pages: 288
Publisher: September 11th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0385741049
Source: NetGalley
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Hanging by a ThreadSummer is the best part of the year in Winston, California, and the Fourth of July is the highlight of the season. But the perfect town Clare remembers has changed, and everyone is praying that this summer will be different from the last two—that this year's Fourth of July festival won't see one of their own vanish without a trace, leaving no leads and no suspects. The media are in a frenzy predicting a third disappearance, but the town depends on tourist dollars, so the residents of Winston are trying desperately to pretend nothing's wrong.

And they're not the only ones hiding something.

Clare, a seamstress who redesigns vintage clothing, has been blessed—or perhaps cursed—with a gift: she can see people's pasts when she touches their clothes. When she stumbles across a denim jacket that once belonged to Amanda Stavros, last year's Fourth of July victim, Clare sees her perfect town begin to come apart at the seams.

In a town where appearance means everything, how deep beneath the surface will Clare dig to uncover a murderer?

First off, how amazing is this cover?! It was the first thing that drew me to this book. Instant love. Unfortunately, that was the only thing I loved about the book.

Now, don't get me wrong. I didn't dislike the book, but after a certain point I started to have serious issues. Parts of the story seemed to drag which is not great for holding my interest. But I stuck with it until the end. I enjoyed all the fashion and sewing references. I even thought that the idea behind the plot was unique. BUT... I have serious issues with how this story wrapped up. No good. I found myself reading the whole rushed ending in 2 pages. That is not enough closure for me. Plus, how things wrapped up had enough holes to sink the Titanic all over again. I think that is what made me feel a little frustrated with the book.

I did think the characters were pretty good. The author did a fair job of adding a bit of mystery to everyone that kept you guessing. I can say that not everyone turned out to be what they seemed. My favorite character in the whole book was the grandma. She was this super eccentric old lady that didn't care what others thought about her. I loved it. She was the perfect combination of sweet and salty, kind of like my seasonal favorite at Starbucks (sea salt caramel latte!).

I found myself thinking this was a decent read, although there were plot holes that should have been worked out a bit better. It didn't stink like a cat's litter box, but it didn't rock my socks off either.


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Product Details

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Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Square Fish (August 21, 2007)
ISBN-10: 9780312369828
Source: My personal book

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