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Monday, May 26, 2008

My review of Skizzer: A Novel, by A.J. Kiesling

About the book:

When her sister Becca disappears, Claire returns to an abandoned estate where they played as children. There she finds a curious note: "Something terrible and wonderful has happened." A desperate chase begins, taking Claire from a haunted North Carolina inn to a rectory in Yorkshire, England. Can she solve the mystery---and save Becca?

My review:

Skizzer is an interesting book, yet I'm not sure how I feel about it. The fact that I actually finished the story shows it's compelling enough for me to keep on reading, but I didn't perceive much of a spiritual journey for the main character until the very end, and even that was minor. There was not much of an emotional pull for me in this book, either. I guess I kept waiting for that to happen and then the story ended. I did find the sister dynamics interesting as well as the notion that sometimes history repeats itself with sudden disappearances of loved ones. The sense of distress I caught from Rainey was well-done in that I understood his bewilderment, but I was hoping for more of an emotional investment on my end.

So while this story didn't choke me up or keep me on the edge of my seat, it was a nice, cozy read sort of like Robin Gunn's Finding Father Christmas. I enjoyed that story, too, but it had a similar pacing, plot and theme that brought me along but never took my breath away. Maybe it's the English mystery thing that doesn't yank my chain. But I did enjoy some of the backstory in the book, especially the part where Aunt Jess tells about the family history. That said, I did enjoy this book, but something was missing...I'm just not sure what that something was.

Skizzer was published by Revell and released in January 2008.


Anonymous said...

l dont even like the title of this one, and l am not a mystry reader...

Carole said...

I always appreciate your honest reviews, Michelle.

Rel said...

Wasn't so hard, was it - LOL!!

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