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Strings Attached by Judy Blundell
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May 15, 2011

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bookshelves: fiction, historical-fiction, young-adult

Kit Corrigan, one of the Corrigan Three (a set of triplets born in the 1930s), leaves her family and life in Providence, Rhode Island to make a career for herself as an actress and dancer in New York City. After a bit part in a Broadway play wraps up, Kit is floundering. Her boyfriend's father, Nate Benedict, offers her an apartment and a job as a dancer in a popular night club. Unfortunately, he's a mob lawyer and naive Kit doesn't realize that accepting his offer will come with "strings attached".

The author did a great job of giving this book an authentic 1950s noir atmosphere. The attitudes and motivations of the characters are also realistic for people in that time period. However, I felt that the plot just kind of meandered along up with no point until the last fourth of the book. Then things picked up as Kit started to look for her missing Aunt Delia.

The story unfolded in non-chronological order. The author kept the reader's interest by leaving out important information in the present day sections and then going back and filling in the details in the flash back sections. But really there was no mystery introduced into the plot until the book was almost over. I would have preferred the mystery of "where is Aunt Delia?" to drive the story and Kit from the beginning.
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