I received a copy of this book in a First Reads promotion. The book is told from the point of view of Tandy Angel, a child genius teenager from a famiI received a copy of this book in a First Reads promotion. The book is told from the point of view of Tandy Angel, a child genius teenager from a family of geniuses. We start out with the murder of Tandy's parents in a locked apartment. The only suspects are the children within the apartment (including Tandy) and the live-in personal assistant.
The book has been marketed as a YA novel. I'm not sure how a teen reader would relate to the character. The Angel family is full of overachievers: Tandy speaks several languages and is known for being logical and unemotional; her brother, Harry, doesn't just play piano, he gives concerts at Carnegie Hall; younger brother Hugo has the muscle mass of someone twice his age; and older brother Matthew is a professional football star.
There is also an older sister that died before the story takes place. Of all the characters, she seemed the most "normal" of them all. Her story is fleshed out a little as the book progresses. I wish there had been more with her relationship with Tandy in the book as those snippets put a more human and likeable bend on Tandy's narrative.
After much investigation and an eventual solution to the "who killed mom and dad" plot, there is more story to tell by the end of the book. Clearly there is intention for a sequel (or two) but I'm not sure the characters were that fleshed out and interesting for me to continue. ...more
I received this book as part of the First Reads promotion. Overall, I enjoyed the story. It's a basic race against the clock to find a kidnapped childI received this book as part of the First Reads promotion. Overall, I enjoyed the story. It's a basic race against the clock to find a kidnapped child. The main character, Nora, has just discovered her mother murdered and her child missing with few clues for motive. We as the reader discover that her child is in the hands of a mentally unbalanced woman that has the power to make her separation from her child permanent.
What I found more interesting than the clock race story was the Dutch history surrounding World War II. I had a textbook understanding of the German influence/occupation of Holland during this era before reading the book. I have a greater understanding now of what the people (Jews and nonJews alike) endured and I've been inspired to further my knowledge in some non-fiction research.
Although I was entertained by the story, I felt that it moved too fast from time to time. That is, a problem was presented and solved nearly right away. Sometimes the pace seemed almost improbable and/or unlikely. I was willing to forgive this, however, because it got me back to the history lesson I was finding so interesting....more
I got a copy of this book through a First Reads promotion. This mystery/crime novel is written in reverse. That is, you start with the last chapter anI got a copy of this book through a First Reads promotion. This mystery/crime novel is written in reverse. That is, you start with the last chapter and work your way to chapter one. I added an extra star to my rating for cleverness since writing this way can't have been an easy task.
I found it a little difficult to keep up with the story in the beginning. As I got used to the style, I found it easier to keep up in later chapters.
The story builds and then puts several twists at the end. I like twists in a story but it felt like too many in this case. Everything gets tied up in a neat little package by the end but it had a slightly forced air about it. Despite that, I found the book a worthwhile read.