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Hanging by a Thread by Sophie Littlefield
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Sep 12, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: galleys, read-in-2012
Read from September 08 to 12, 2012

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 likes to design repurposed fashion. There wouldn't be much of a plot if she wasn't into used clothing would there? Rather than being an oddball, like most people who make their own clothes in high school, she is embraced by the popular crowd as their personal seamstress. She goes to beach party, flirts with boys and adds losing her virginity to her summer to do list. Because Clare is such a fashion maven, the reader is treated to long unnecessary description of everything that everyone wears.

A lot of things about this novel didn't work. The main character falls in insta-love with another character after an angry encounter on the beach which led to a make-out sessions. This is the second time they've met, and he immediately starts confessing his personal life problems to Clare. The relationship lacked any real development. It went from "oh he's cute" to "oh we're kissing" to "oh let me tell you about my dead father" in literally two encounters.

The whole plot of this novel revolves around two murders on consecutive July 3rds. With the anniversary looming, the town is gossiping about the possibility of a serial killer and another murder. When a junk-sale jacket starts speaking to Clare, she feels like she's meant to solve the 2 year old crime.

Her way of solving it seems to be making out with a guy, talking to her best friend, driving up a fire service road with someone that she barely knows (real safe there!) and breaking into someone's house. For the record, I hate when people try to solve crimes on their own without a logical reason. It's stupid and dangerous! This book tried to explain it, using an awkwardly placed scene where a police officer made her pick up litter. Clearly they are incompetent! Or they just hate litter...

Some books are just shallow. The storyline, the relationships, the characters don't have the depth that a novel needs to be compelling. This is one of those stories.

An ARC was provided by the publisher via netgalley.
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3.0% "Looking at my friends review does not bode well for this book." 6 comments
20.0% "So she lied to her new best friend about being her old best friend "being her boyfriend" and a quite elaborate lie about his motorcycle, sex, etc. Seriously? Who does that?"
32.0% "Of course the love interest is shouting at her one second and kissing her the next. That's not annoying AT ALL." 2 comments
33.0% "Also I find it weird that touching people's clothing gives her vision but touching people themselves does not."
39.0% "Complaining about the boy you've met twice and already made out with, hasn't told you much about his life is a moot point because you've had a real conversation a grand total of ONCE and he did tell you about his dead father which is kinda a big deal."
59.0% "You go to someone's house and she randomly rambles about her dead daughter conveniently before the MC even asked, riiiiiight"
73.0% "Apparently these teenagers TEXT IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE THATS AUTHENTIC YEAH"
75.0% "It's the anniversary of a killing that happens every year so I'm going to take a ride up a fire service road with a boy I barely know and have DTR that sounds like middle schoolers because my priorities are straight."
79.0% "The MCs Mom hasn't talked to her mom in YEARS because she told her that her husband was cheating on her. She says that the mom ruined her life. Um, what? Are these adults or what?"
82.0% "When the story is reaching it's climax is not a good time to throw in random details like the MC prefers kettle corn and doesn't like ice cream. Just no."

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