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"Neverworld Wake" by Marisha Pessl
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After many years estranged from her family, Marti returns to solve the mystery of who killed her overbearing father. Along for the ride is Marti's great grandmother Bertie who is a ghost. See, Marti can see and speak to ghosts - a power that has plagued her all her life and caused her to be a loner - at least among the living! Marti's dad, the Judge is also there trying to help Marti and Bertie solve the crime but he's more annoying than helpful.
Marti is a person trying to take her life back and reconcile, as much as possible, with her perfect sister and demanding mother. With a little help from Bertie, Dmitri an ex-boyfriend with a secret, RachelAnne her perfect sister who is beginning to realize how strong Marti has become and hopefully a fat orange tabby, Marti is on the road to finding her place and solving mysteries.
The mystery was compelling, the characters well written and very relatable. I didn't want the book to end...I'm looking forward to the next book!
Pros: Fun, fast read. Good mystery. Marti was very believable and likable.
Cons: Needs an editor. While the editing is mostly okay and there weren’t any glaring typos that I noticed, there are some awkward phrases, a few incorrect tense and verb forms, and a few places where missing info would have helped a transition. That said, there weren't that many and they were all minor problems that an experienced editor would catch.
Marti is supposed to be investigating her father's death though I found her to really just be stumbling around and she just happened to discover the truth of what was going on with her mother. The death of her father is never really explained and the motivation is sort of glossed over and forgotten. Which was kind of annoying since that was the main reason she went back to her hometown. Everything seemed to center around her mother and finding her after she disappears.
I found myself drifting off as i was reading on multiple occasions. The unnecessary detail of what each tea pot and mug looked like was not beneficial to the stories progression or the love affair with Oreos. I did like that Marti was her own person and didn't feel the need to conform to what her parents wanted and she kept her sense of individuality.
Marti sees ghosts. Only Grandma Bertie believes her, and she died the day Marti was born. When the ghost of her estranged father shows up, he claims he was murdered and demands she go home and do something about it. She agrees—anything to get her father out of her life and into his own afterlife. When a body turns up and her mother is found cradling a bloodstained garden gnome, Marti must uncover a murderer to clear her mother's name.
When I first saw this book, I was imagining it would be a light cozy mystery with ghosts. This type of story is usually an easy mystery mixed with humor and a bunch of quirky characters. Well, I was wrong for the most part. The mystery is decent and a little convoluted. (In fact, even though I finished this book just a few days ago, I had to go back and check the explanation of why everything happened to remember it.) The characters are fairly quirky but not in a humorous way. Marti has been told she is crazy all of her life by everyone in town, including her family. Naturally, she is estranged from all of them. Unfortunately, I did not find her easy to like. She never seemed to come to grips with the fact that she could see ghosts and therefore blamed everyone for her bad life. It made the book depressing to read at times.
This appears to be the first book in a planned series. Hopefully, the tone will get lighter in future volumes. Or at least Marti will accept her own abilities. There were some loose story threads left in this book. Nothing that impacted on this particular mystery but more on Marti's personal life. This is both good and bad. It will help to provide a connection between different volumes but at the same time, it leaves the reader with questions that aren't being answered which can lead to a feeling of being unfulfilled.
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They were all interesting people.
The premise of the book is also good.