Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Book Review - Hold Fast
From NYT bestselling author Blue Balliett, the story of a girl who falls into Chicago's shelter system, and from there must solve the mystery of her father's strange disappearance.
Where is Early's father? He's not the kind of father who would disappear. But he's gone . . . and he's left a whole lot of trouble behind.
As danger closes in, Early, her mom, and her brother have to flee their apartment. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to move into a city shelter. Once there, Early starts asking questions and looking for answers. Because her father hasn't disappeared without a trace. There are patterns and rhythms to what's happened, and Early might be the only one who can use them to track him down and make her way out of a very tough place.
With her signature, singular love of language and sense of mystery, Blue Balliett weaves a story that takes readers from the cold, snowy Chicago streets to the darkest corner of the public library, on an unforgettable hunt for deep truths and a reunited family.
About the Author
Blue Balliett is the author of several bestselling, acclaimed mystery novels, including Chasing Vermeer (a Book Sense Book of the Year and an Edgar Award winner), The Wright 3, The Calder Game, and The Danger Box. She writes in the laundry room of her home in Chicago, Illinois, and you can find her online at www.blueballiettbooks.com.
My Take on the Book
I am a big fan of mystery, and I have been working to have my eldest daughter appreciate the same. She has been reading Nancy Drew lately, and this has sparked her interest in other mysteries, so when I received this I was excited to read it with her. After getting through this book, I have to say that I am impressed. Not having read any other books by this author I was impressed with the overall book itself. I loved the characters and the author keeps you in suspense from beginning to end. I really liked this book and so did my daughter. I look forward to picking up another of this author's books, as if they are like this one, I know that I will be drawn in quickly and kept wrapped in the story which is what I am always looking for in a book!
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