Saturday, July 30, 2011

Book note

What I Saw and How I Lied
by Judy Blundell

What I Saw and How I Lied is a languid thriller set in 1947, haunted by the war and its aftereffects. Evie Spooner is an innocent 15-year-old happy to travel with her movie-star-gorgeous mother and successful stepfather on their vacation to Florida. But the past is following them, and Evie must make an abrupt transition from innocent child to wise adult if she is to survive.

Nicely written, with a sense of dread that builds throughout the story, this is a quality young adult choice that adults can enjoy, too. It has an old-fashioned sensibility about it, not just of the time period, but from the compact, careful telling of the story.

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