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Summer is the best part of the year in Winston, California, and the Fourth of July is the highlight of the season. But the perfect town Clare remembers has changed, and everyone is praying that this summer will be different from the last two—that this year's Fourth of July festival won't see one of their own vanish without a trace, leaving no leads and no suspects. The ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
2.5 stars.
Well, this was boring educational.

In 1932 in Winston, Clare’s great grandmother Alma was a newlywed about to have her first baby. She was a seamstress working on a wedding dress for a young girl when the girl’s fiancé, crazed by jealousy, came into her shop and shot them both. Alma lost her life because she was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but not before she gave birth to her daughter. As the baby grew, it became clear that she acquired a unique gift through the tragic circum
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Rose
"Hanging by a Thread" is actually a cool title for Sophie Littlefield's story revolving around a young woman who can read intentions and events via articles of clothing and ends up pursuing "threads" in a murder mystery going around her hometown, but it's a downer when you realize that everything about this story is, ironically, threadbare. The mystery, the characterization, the romance - almost everything about it just never measures up to the potential that the premise lends, and I felt ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
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 s
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Shelley
Sep 03, 2012 Shelley rated it liked it
*Genre* YA Mystery
*Rating* 3.0 <- Note: Just because I give a book 3 stars, doesn't mean I didn't like it!

*Review*

“Hanging by the Thread” is a mystery novel that focuses on the life of 16 year old Clare Knight. Clare is a person who loves to make her own clothing. In fact, she and her friend Rachel run a booth called “NewToYou” where she sells her latest creations in hopes of going to fashion college when she graduates from High School. She lives in the small town of Winston, California (popu
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Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
2/5 stars

Hanging by the Thread tried to have a somewhat unique concept. The main character Clare is sorta a physic detective. Only she doesn't get her visions of the future, she gets visions of the past...from vintage clothing. For me, this concept didn't work. There's a whole story about how it was passed down in her family because a dress-making ancestor was murdered. But to me, getting flashes when you touch someone's t-shirt but not when you touch the person, just seems odd.

Of course Clare l
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Suzanne
Sep 25, 2012 Suzanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-read
Clare and her mom have just moved back to her hometown of Winston having left it six years previous. But while she's been gone, the town has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. On the previous two Independence weekends, there have been incidences involving children. The first year, a little boy was murdered, the following year, a girl went missing on the same day. There's talk of a serial killer. Tourism has suffered. Now all the adults are worrying about the kids this holiday weekend ...more
KWinks
Apr 10, 2012 KWinks rated it really liked it
I have read Littlefield before, and especially liked Banished. Now, as I am learning to sew myself the premise of Hanging By A Thread really appealed to me. Here is what's up: overall there are several stories going on here and the least interesting is the mystery. In some ways, it reminded me of a Scooby Doo episode. The "bad guys" spill their guts the second someone looks at them suspiciously. In fact, there is too much spilling going on here. People barely know or remember Clare, but within ...more
Isamlq
Mar 19, 2012 Isamlq rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-galley
one of my favorite movies is of that teeny tiny boy confessing at just above a whisper of “I see dead people.” the protag in this one goes through something similar. hints are dropped at the beginning, but never really stated outright until after the yawn inducing laying of groundwork, where she describes in detail where she is, what she does and how she does it.

now, what made clare special anyway? (aside from her re-purposing old clothes, that is) well, her special-ness links to her maybe conf
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Melodie
Apr 30, 2012 Melodie rated it it was ok
I'm always excited to read YA mysteries - it's my own genre and one I hope to see grow exponentially in the next few years.

Littlefield's debut focuses on Clare, a girl who's just returned to her mother's hometown after several years in the big city. Clare can 'see' pasts when she touches clothing, a gift which soon sends her on a quest to discover what really killed a girl whose jacket she bought as scrap. Clare is a vintage clothing designer (very cool!) and she's always ripping stuff up to mak
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Cara
Clare has a gift; she can ‘see’ events when she touches a piece of clothing, but her gift has never sought her out as much as it has this summer.

Clare and her mother move back to the town where they used to live. Things have really changed; most notably there have been two murders in two years. The victims seem totally random and the town seems to be holding its breath as the anniversaries of the disappearances comes closer.

When Clare comes across the jacket of one of the victims she gets a vi
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Majanka
Book Review originally published here: http://www.iheartreading.net/mini-rev...

An interesting, original topic, but unfortunately entirely screwed up by the way too long narrative. The characters and plot don’t live up to the potential of the premise either. Clare is a pencil-thin character, with the personality of a cardboard figure. The plot takes too long to pick up – I went through half of the book, before I even got the feeling there was some plot to speak of. Not recommended.
PopcornReads
Something about Hanging by a Thread by Sophie Littlefield drew me like a magnet. It was probably partially because it takes place on California’s beautiful Central coast but there was also something about the concept that aroused my curiosity. Maybe it was that the central character is very creative, or maybe I’m just a sucker for stories about teens overcoming adversity. If you like YA mysteries with a touch of the paranormal, this one might draw you in as well. Read the rest of my review at ht ...more
Brooke Banks
I won this book from a giveaway through Adventures in YA Publishing.

FYI: I haven't read any of the author's work before this so it's completely new and reading it as a stand alone novel.


I thought this book was okay. I liked it but not really liked it. It could have been better. I think the characters were done well. Their relationships were dynamic and made sense. The love interest was instant yet they didn't try to make it deeper by talking much about common interests. It's flimsy and I'm not a
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(Tori-Smexybooks) smexys_sidekick
Originally posted at http://smexybooks.com/2012/09/review-...

Favorite Quote: “I wondered if I could live with the version of me that Rachel was trying to create.”

Clare, a budding fashion designer and clothing repurposer, doesn’t remember a whole lot about the sleepy seaside town of Winston, California, having moved away as a child. After her parents get divorced, she and her mother move back into the “haunted” family home and are attempting to start their lives over.

The town is getting ready to
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Elizabeth Drake
Aug 30, 2012 Elizabeth Drake rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012-books, mystery
This and other reviews can be found on Reading Between Classes

Cover Impressions: Not impressed with this particular cover. It appears that she is lying on a bloody comforter on a bed (is that what everyone else sees?). This never happens in the book. Clare spends page after page describing her wacky designs, but all I see pictured is a simple lace top and VERY traditional necklace. The pose is boring, the color is bland and there is nothing to make me pick this one up off the shelf.

The Gist: The
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Donna
Dec 15, 2014 Donna rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Maternal relationships throughout the generations can withstand dangerous challenges in this paranormal read.

Opening Sentence: They say our house is cursed, and maybe it’s true.

The Review:

In the third book of the Banished series, Sophie Littlefield’s Hanging by a Thread changes momentum, allowing Clare to voice the story. Murder and mystery graces the pages, presenting the reader with a thrilling read for the paranormal genre. A mother’s lov
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Kt
Sep 21, 2012 Kt rated it it was ok
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

The Fourth of July festivities in Clare's childhood home aren't quite as she remembers them when she and her mother move back into their ancestral home. For the past two years a child has gone missing, never to return and the media proclaims worries of a third occurrence. The locals are just as worried, but they rely on tourism for much of their income so everyone is putting on a smile and acting like nothing is wrong. Yet Clare knows differ
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Kah Cherub
Sep 06, 2012 Kah Cherub rated it liked it
Read complete review here: http://notjustnonsense.blogspot.com/2...

After her parents were divorced, sixteen-year-old Clare Knight, a.k.a. Cee Cee, and her mother decided to return to the city they both grew up in. To the city where her very eccentric grandmother lives. To the house everybody believes to be haunted. And they move there close to the date when, for two years straight, there have been murders. First, a little boy, Dylan, was killed in a car accident. And a year later, a very popular
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Ashlie
Jun 22, 2012 Ashlie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first words that comes to mind as I sit down to write this review is SWEET REDEMPTION! I loved this book! I was not a fan of Littlefield's book Banished, but it was just different and I can't blame my taste on her! I'm so glad I didn't give up on her writing (she has plenty of other books I'd like to give a try as well.). This book was fun, even though a bit darker than I expected. I loved the quirky cast: Nana was awesome, and I loved that Clare didn't run away from her gift, even though it ...more
Jenn
Aug 29, 2012 Jenn rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
I adored AFTERTIME, the first book in Sophie Littlefield's dystopian series but I'd never tried any of her YA stuff so I wasn't sure what to expect from HANGING BY A THREAD. It's quite different from the Aftertime series but I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Clare and seeing Winston's seedy underbelly. The author has written a lovely suspenseful novel with a hint of the paranormal that has something to appeal to just about anyone.

Clare has just moved back to Winston with her mother, years aft
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Tina (yAdultReview)
Originally published at Nose in a Book.

I liked this one a lot more than I thought I would. I like fashion, but fashion to me is more like Forever 21 and Macy’s as opposed to sewing machines and thrift stores. Clare was interesting and so was her power, even though I couldn’t remember her name for the first third of the novel. The mystery was really engaging and I found myself sucked right into this story. I like a popular girl with a secret, and I like a female protag with female friends. I gues
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Arlena
Apr 17, 2012 Arlena rated it really liked it
Author: Sophie Littlefield
Published By: Delacorte Books for the Young Readers
Age Recommended: Preteen-YA
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 4
Blog Reviewed For: GMTA
Review:

"Hanging By A Thread" by Sophie Littlefield was a interesting, long and detailed spooky mystery read. As a young adult if you are into creepy murders and vintage fashion then you are in for a good read. The story ran a little slow for me at the beginning ...I kept wanting it to pick up a little more and it did!

OK, just let m
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Amy
Dec 27, 2013 Amy rated it liked it

Review: This is one of those books that have a cover that instantly draw you in. A pink cover with dried blood splayed across the top. This was an instant grab for me.

Clare is a cute eccentric character that loves all things vintage and spends every free second re-designing her vintage finds into wearable art. However, the ironic thing is that her gift of spinning old clothes into a new life is also her curse. Clare carries a family secret that has been passed down from generations; she can see
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Vanya D.
NOTE: I received this title from Netgalley to review.

I just finished reading the book, and thought I should go ahead and write the review right away, while the story and characters are still fresh in my mind.

So, here's what I have to say: The story was original, as in I haven't read anything like it before. It was a unique concept, where the heroine had this special ability to read people's thoughts, memories etc. by simply touching their clothes. I thought that was pretty cool skill, though I
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Amy Fournier
Sep 11, 2012 Amy Fournier rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I love a good mystery and I totally love this cover. It was interesting to follow Clare through the story and discover what really happened and who did it, but I figured it all out rather quickly. Not all of it, but a lot of it. I can see how the mystery is woven together though and it was a good story. I liked how there was a slight supernatural element added in too, but it was never really explained except that it goes back a few generations. (Unless I missed it somewhere, but I don't think ...more
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
Clare has just moved back to Winston, California with her Mom following the economic crisis. Her family has a long, sordid history with Winston beginning with her Great-Grandmother Alma's murder in her seamstress shop. Since then, every other generation a woman in Clare's family is born with the gift to see other people's emotions and past deeds by touching their clothing. Clare and her Nana both have the gift, but her practical Mom prefers to pretend that it doesn't exist. For the last two ...more
Michelle
Review posted on Dark Faerie Tales.


In the third book of the Banished series, Sophie Littlefield’s Hanging by a Thread changes momentum, allowing Clare to voice the story. Murder and mystery graces the pages, presenting the reader with a thrilling read for the paranormal genre. A mother’s love extends through generations, and Hanging by a Thread reiterates that very well.

For many generations, a gift has been passed throughout family members. Aside from a gift, came a curse. Set in the 1920s, Clar
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Chanelle
Apr 01, 2012 Chanelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-review
This had a great premise. In fact, I think the premise was my favourite part of the novel. When something terrible happens to Clare's great grandmother, she passes on a gift to her family allowing them to touch people's clothes and see the sins they committed while wearing them. It's a gift and a curse for budding designer Clare. And when she moves back to the town she grew up in, a town destroyed by the deaths of two kids in as many years, there's more sins Clare discovers than she ever thinks ...more
Stephanie
Jan 28, 2013 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Two mysterious murders, a risky romance, friendships shrouded in secrets, and magnificent narration. Who wouldn’t want to read Hanging by a Thread by Sophie Littlefield?

The murder-mystery plot is what drives this novel. After Clare’s love of fashion and ability to learn people’s secrets by touching their clothes is established, Clare immediately gets involved in the murders that have made the hometown she has just moved back to a much less safe place than it used to be. After just a few days of
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Sophie's first novel, A BAD DAY FOR SORRY (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's Minotaur, 2009) 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.

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