23 May 2012

Book Review - Hanging by a Thread by Sophie Littlefield

Summer 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?

Check it out on Goodreads here.

My Review
OK, so I have to admit that when I first read the blurb for this book I thought it could go one of two ways; either it is going to be a detective mystery type story that is taken seriously or it could be comedic.  I am so that that it ended up being more the detective mystery type of story. 

The idea of having premonitions through the touch of clothes is something that I had not come across before so this story was new for me.  A very interesting idea that all the clothes you wear can tell a story of what was happening at the time you were wearing it.  Oh dear, if my clothes could talk lol!!

What I enjoyed about this story the most was the mystery surrounding the two girls who went missing/murdered.  When Clare stumbles across the denim jacket that could tell her all about what happened to one girl, it scares her so much that she hides the jacket in the closet.  I did find it a little frustrating that she knew that the jacket could tell her more about a missing girl but kept it hidden in the closet for so long.  

Things are definitely more than what they seem in this story.  There is a little bit of romance in this story but not a huge amount.  For me, this story was predictable but the journey of the story was very enjoyable.

6 out of 10

Best wishes

Debs :-)


Kent SEO said...

Oh this sounds like a book I would enjoy. I really am loving the sound of these characters. I also love it when a YA character can feel and worry about something more than themselves. Brilly review!