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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Library Binding: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037598982X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375989827
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,460,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-Clare Knight recently moved back to Winston, California. She inherited more than a home from her family; she also inherited an affinity for sewing and design as well something darker. A seamstress, she redesigns vintage clothing, and with one touch of a garment, she can see the life of the person who wore it. As she prepares for her junior year in high school, Rachel, an old friend, introduces her to the popular crowd, and Clare finds herself invited to one wild beach party after another. However, behind the carefree life in this seaside town lies a terrible truth; two children have been murdered in as many years and on the same date. Parents fear it will happen again. With Clare's gift comes great responsibility, and the teen finds herself caught up in the mystery of these tragic deaths. The author keeps readers hanging on to each page with a fast-moving plot, but sacrifices fluidity in the process. However, most teens will not mind at all. Littlefield includes just the right amount of conflict, mystery, fashion, teenage mischief, and hot guys to keep readers entertained, and they'll enjoy the ending that ties together all the loose threads.-Mindy Whipple, West Jordan Library, UTα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

SOPHIE LITTLEFIELD is the Edgar-nominated author of several thrillers for adults. She lives with her family in Northern California.

More About the Author

Sophie's first novel, A BAD DAY FOR SORRY, has been nominated for the Edgar, Macavity, Barry, and Crimespree awards, and won the Anthony Award and the RTBookReviews Reviewers Choice Award for Best First Mystery. Her novel AFTERTIME was a finalist for the Goodreads Choice Horror award. GARDEN OF STONES was the Target Book Club selection for March, 2013.

Sophie is the author of:
A BAD DAY FOR SORRY (Minotaur, 2009)
A BAD DAY FOR PRETTY (Minotaur, 2010)
A BAD DAY FOR SCANDAL (Minotaur, 2011)
A BAD DAY FOR MERCY (Minotaur, June 2012)
A BAD DAY FOR ROMANCE (Pocket, September 2013)
BANISHED (Delacorte, 2010)
UNFORSAKEN (Delacorte, 2011)
HANGING BY A THREAD (Delacorte, October, 2012)
AFTERTIME (Harlequin Luna, 2011)
REBIRTH (Harlequin Luna, 2011)
HORIZON (Harlequin Luna, 2012)
BLOOD BOND (Pocket, November 2012)
SHATTERED BOND (Pocket, November 2013)
GARDEN OF STONES (Harlequin MIRA, March 2013)
HOUSE OF GLASS (Harlequin MIRA, March 2014)

Upcoming titles include:
THE MISSING PLACE (Gallery, October 2014)
INFECTED (Delacorte, January, 2015)

Sophie grew up in Missouri, attended Indiana University, and worked in technology before becoming a stay-at-home mom. She lives in Northern California.

Customer Reviews

Hanging by a Thread was really interesting, and not like any book I've read before.
A Customer
Clare wasn't really a character that I could connect with, but I didn't dislike her or anything.
Overall, the story flows well, the plot is nicely handled, and the characters likable.
Kris @Imaginary Reads

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Juhina & Farah @ Maji Bookshelf on September 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Hanging by a thread is a murder mystery novel with a touch of paranormal. We've got our main protagonist, Clare, who has recently moved back to her mother's hometown. Town is an exaggeration; it is more like a cluster of people living within each other's earshot. Which is why everyone was shocked when a murder occurred in two consecutive years. The whole town is scared, which is why when Clare and her mom moved, the town wasn't welcoming. This is mainly due to the fact that her family line has been known to be a little too para-normal, with creepy freaky things happening. No outsider knows but when Clare touches someone's clothes, she can remember the darkest, most wrongful thing the wearer has committed. Convenient for a town that has witnessed two murders right? That's not what Clare thinks. She just wants to be normal and enjoy designing and sewing her line made form vintage clothes.
I really enjoyed Clare's voice. She wasn't whiny, but life has handed her an unfair hand. She is physically, emotionally, and mentally suffering by getting involved in figuring out who is the murderer, but her guilt would eat her up if she doesn't. I also really liked the mystery behind it; In all honesty I couldn't guess who was the murderer until the very end. Also, you get to witness a little of the dark side of every connected character in the novel when Clare touches a piece of their clothes. This definitely added an aura of mystery and distrust for every character; even the one Clare has started to develop a crush on.
The author's writing was not complicated at all. You get so sucked into the story and there are no complex words to get in the way of your reading. The build up of the plot and the addition of this paranormal theme to a mystery novel all added up my enjoyment level while reading Hanging by a Thread. I would definitely recommend it to all young adult lovers. You get a bit of contemporary, paranormal, and mystery all in one book you don't want to miss out on!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kindlemom1 (My Guilty Obsession) on September 21, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I will admit that this is the first book I have read by Sophie Littlefield and it is also my understanding that this is her first YA book.

I saw some of the low reviews on this before reading it but really wanted to come into it without any prejudices whatsoever.

However, sadly I am going to have to agree with some of the lower rating reviews.

While the author had a brilliant idea for this book, a girl who comes from a long line of seamstresses and a rocky history gets gifted with the ability to see people's past by touching their clothes, the storyline is a little jilted.

At times we get way too much information about things that don't really seem important, like some of her clothing designs and her old school and friends, which made the read a little slow going. And then other times it is almost like we don't get enough information about the visions themselves and her family history.

This book didn't feel complete at the end. I felt a little put down and almost lost with how things wrapped up so quickly. It just didn't feel right to me.

I did really like Clare and Jack and I wish their relationship would have had a little more focus and detail to it. I think the story just could have been so much better if the author would have concentrated a little more on her visions and Jack and less on her artist ability and old school and friends.

This wasn't a bad read just not a great one either. It wouldn't keep me from trying her other books but it wouldn't make me buy them either if I didn't already own them.

Over all I am going to give this one 3 stars because the characters were likeable and I think they were pretty good, there just wasn't enough depth and detail to really hold my interest and the storyline was lacking in areas, otherwise I would have no problem with giving it a higher rating but I don't think that would be fair to other readers if I did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donna C on September 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Every once in a while I'll come across a book that'll drag me in not necessarily based on the blurb but the setting. Winston, California reminded me a lot of Santa Cruz. A bit more sedate, not as hippie-esque, but still a reminder. Within the context of the story it lies south of Monterey and is three hours south of San Francisco, which makes it a little less than two hours away from Santa Cruz. Sold. I just love the area that much that a LOCATION will pull me into a book. Premise need not apply.

Lucky for me HANGING BY A THREAD was actually a really good book and a welcome addition to a sorely underrepresented thriller market in YA. Yes, it has slightly supernatural elements: Clare sees people's histories when she touches clothes, something her mother has brow-beaten into her as being bad while her grandmother (also a gift-holder) doesn't feel the same way, leaving a lovely rift in the family.

So while Clare's mom did her best to eliminate this "gift" from her daughter, it's left Clare a bit conflicted. She's started seeing things in some random clothes she picked up. And they're horrible things. And she just doesn't know what to do about it. The town has a murder mystery that's going to end up destroying it and Clare just might have it in her to solve it. Except for the fact that she wants nothing more than to fit in in a new, and small, town. What would her new friends think if they knew about what she could do? Call her a freak? Probably. So not only is she torn about how to use her gift at home, she doesn't even know if she should be herself socially, if people will accept her for it.

I loved Clare.
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