- Hardcover: 218 pages
- Publisher: Dial (January 1, 1980)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0803798555
- ISBN-13: 978-0803798557
- Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 20 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,440,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When No One Was Looking Hardcover – January 1, 1980
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Top Customer Reviews
Kathy is used to winning so when Ruth Gumm, a tennis player who is clearly not as good as Kathy is, repeatedly beats Kathy she gets very frustrated. The morning before Kathy plays Ruth for the third time, Ruth is found dead in the pool, apparently drowned. Although at first the police declare it an accident, later the police find that there was a high percentage of chlorine in the pool, definitely more than usual. In addition, they find a footprint with clay on it. Because of these discoveries, people start asking questions. Kathy is challenged with both clearing her name and finding out who added chlorine to the pool in an attempt to either hurt or kill Ruth Gumm. She also is challenged with the decision to continue with tennis because she is shocked by the idea that someone close to her would have hurt and possibly killed for her tennis carrier. As the book comes to an end Kathy Bard decides to keep playing tennis and she finds out what really happened to Ruth Gumm.
I thought this book had interesting characters but not the best plot. Although a lot happens in When No One Was Looking not much is related to the main topic: the mystery of how Ruth Gumm dies. I also think it was well written because of how well it explained tennis. This book gave detailed explanation of the setting and characters although it did not have much of a plot.
I thought that the fact that the book is mostly for teens and adults is a good "rating" age wise. (This is because it has some swears that some parents wouldn't want their children reading.)
Overall, great book.
Good for tennis lovers.:)