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The Murder Notebooks: Dead Time Kindle Edition
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There were things I liked about this book, however. First off, the characters were well-developed, even if some of them weren't likable *coughRosecough*. Furthermore, the mystery kept me intrigued even if the plot didn't really advance. It was a suspenseful read, and I couldn't put the book down until I finished. The pacing was pretty spot on, and the book didn't drag in many places. The idea is a bit unique and intriguing. I feel that this series has a lot of potential, and I *may* check out the next book from the library just to see what happens next, if I get over my bitterness about the inconclusive ending by then. Also, there were two sub-plots, and the author did an excellent job of keeping everything straight. But I don't feel like we advanced any with Josh and Rose's relationship, either.
Basically, I feel that there is a lot of room for improvement in this book, but the series does have potential.Read more ›
Published By: Walker and Company
Age Recommend: YA
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 4
"Dead Time" by Anne Cassidy was a good YA mystery series 'The Murder Notebooks #1 .....setting in London that was during the common law marriages...bringing to life... the siblings.... Rose who was 12 and her step brother Joshua was 14. Rose's mother and Joshua's father went out to dinner and simply never returned. What happened to them? Rose and Joshua separate and then later after Joshua attends the university where Rose now 17 lives with her grandmother. They are now trying to form a relationship that proves to have become complicated. Roses has excepted what the officials had said of her mothers death but Joshua hasn't and continues to investigate which causes problems for Rose. On top of this Rose witness another murder and she takes off to find the killer her her classmate not knowing that there would be a lick to the disappearance of her parents. Now this mystery takes off and this is where I say You must pick up "Dead Time" to see how this will all turn out. I found it quite interesting read and I did like the third person narrative that helped keep things quite a mystery. The characters were all really interesting... especially Henry and Skeggsie.
If you are looking for some mystery, intrigue and danger you have come to the right place..."Dead Time" will give you all of this and I would recommend this novel to you as a good YA read.
I wasn’t overly enthusiastic about the characters but I’d like to see them developed in further books in the series. I couldn’t warm to Rose. I thought she was very unpleasant at times and shared a similar opinion to the girl’s at boarding school and college. However, she started to change a little towards the end so I’d like to see how she develops.
The main strength of the book is the plot and pacing. I liked all the mystery and suspense. The novel is paced really well – not too fast so I couldn’t keep up with what was happening and not to slow I was bored. The pacing was spot on and held my attention from start to finish.
There are a lot of unanswered questions at the end of Dead Time so I sort of need to read the other books in the series to find out what happens. I did find a few surprises which impressed me. I hate it when I can see what’s coming a mile away.
The main female character is reserved and aloof and if you met her in real life, she would be like one of the characters you meet in life that you don't have any reason to dislike but she is not particularly likeable. It would be hard to know her or relate to her. However, she has lost her mother and there is never any mention of a dad. She is living with her grandmother-not really unlike herself-very self-contained. What is there to be happy about?
She is obviously intelligent and heading for university after some years in a very good boarding school. But in this book, she is attending a local school with quite a lot of less-privileged problem kids.
I found the mystery intriguing and the story and characters hold your interest-her step-brother and his nerdy and gifted room-mate as well as the self-absorbed and more ordinary kids at her new school.
The setting is London and that kept my interest too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought this was well crafted. It had a straightforward plot, following a single character, but it was only at the end that I realised that there were further books in the... Read morePublished on February 7, 2014 by Geoff, OR
This book got off to a bit of a slow start at the beginning, but soon became exciting when a boy gets murdered, and then, later, his girlfriend, too. Read morePublished on July 25, 2013 by KOEN SCHAMP
I enjoyed the pace and suspense. Reading the book on the influence it easy and fun to look up definitions of those British words. Read morePublished on February 16, 2013 by Denise Woodside
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