Skip to main content

Hanging by a Thread

Hanging by a Thread is a YA paranormal mystery by Sophie Littlefield.

Clare Knight has recently moved back to her childhood town of Winston, along with her Mom, just in time for summer.

Only problem is that July 4th is a dreaded holiday in Winston – everyone is hoping and praying it won’t be like the last two where someone has gone missing or ended up dead…

Trying not to worry too much about it, Clare’s enjoying her new business she’s running with her best friend where they sell her redesigned vintage clothing.

But Clare has an ability she doesn’t share with others – when she touches certain pieces of clothing she can sometimes see glimpses into their pasts.

So when she stumbles across a beaten up denim jacket and gets a vivid, startling vision of violence and fear, Clare is suddenly much more involved in the disappearance of Amanda Stavros, the girl who went missing the previous Fourth of July…

I spent a lot of my younger reading years gorging on Joan Lowery Nixon and her excellent YA murder mysteries. I’ve always been a fan of a good, solid mystery – with a decent, likable sleuth. So, I was looking forward to Hanging by a Thread – thought it might bring me a little nostalgia.

Sadly, it did not.

Initially, Clare comes off as a little self-important but I hung in there because it was (at first) fast-paced and there was a mystery to be had!

Unfortunately, the mystery part of the novel was drowned in continual descriptions of sewing, ripping up old clothes, and paragraphs of seemingly pointless drivel.

And Clare never got better, to me she got worse. Her character was wishy-washy in her pursuits and harsh to her mother without much provocation, which I couldn’t excuse. She was just not sympathetic at all, and for some reason the author wanted to keep having her yammer on and on about herself, her love of fashion, etc. For me, that was boring and kind of annoying.

You practically forgot it was a mystery until occasional instances would bring it up again. We get a few psychic visions that are muddled in their execution, in my opinion, and a LOT of cliché-ridden romantic tension with the bad boy in town.

Please remember that you might love it – and if you are a sewing enthusiast you might adore those pages of details – but for me it all seemed so out of place. By the time the mystery was resolved, which I did indeed correctly guess, I was ready to move on to another book.


Kent SEO said…
I love it when you can connect with a character. Thanks for review.

Popular posts from this blog

Real Live Boyfriends

Real Live Boyfriends is a YA contemporary novel by E. Lockhart, and the fourth novel in the Ruby Oliver quartet.

Here we are on the last day of “Ruby Oliver Week” and if you aren’t already reading these books – well, why not?

But I’m more than sure most of you are – and hopefully you’re all caught up, and therefore not at risk of being spoiled by my review of Real Live Boyfriends. You’ve been warned!

Ruby Oliver is beginning her senior year of high school with a real live boyfriend: Noel.

At least she thought she was.

After having spent the rest of junior year and the beginning of summer being fully in love (okay, they never actually said the word, but the vibes were strongly in that direction), Ruby is now confused.


When Noel went to visit his brother in New York for a while, almost every day they talked on the phone and exchanged funny emails. She never once felt insecure.

Until all of a sudden – communication stopped. Ruby would call and he wouldn’t answer. She’d leave a voice mai…

Titanic: S.O.S.

S.O.S. is the third and final book in Gordon Korman's middle-grade Titanic trilogy.

This is the third book in a trilogy, book addicts! You must, I repeat, must read the first two books (Unsinkable and Collision Course) before you read this review. Otherwise you are just going to ruin all the twists! Sure, we know the Titanic sinks - but the surprises that are revealed about our characters, among other things, should not be spoiled!

But all of you that have read the first two books (which I hope are many of you, because this a great series), can rest assured that I won't spoil anything from S.O.S. itself - just a basic recap and my opinion.

Here goes:

The Titanic is sinking. No one wants to believe it, but the bow is almost imperceptibly starting to dip into the freezing Atlantic Ocean - and our four main characters are thrown into a race for survival.

Paddy is locked up below deck, having finally been caught as a stowaway. In one cell over are the very criminals that wish him dead…


Why hello there, loyal readers!

It's been a long, long time since I last wrote about a new novel - or wrote much of anything original. Life has definitely changed for me in many ways, changing how and where I devote my time.

But... whaddya know? I managed to finally finish a book!

Gardenia is a YA genre mash of murder mystery with a dash of sci-fi/fantasy, written by author Kelsey Sutton.

When Ivy's best friend died, it wasn't a surprise to her.

Because, ever since she was little, Ivy has seen the numbers over everyone's heads. Their countdown, if you will.

But she didn't know the cause of her best friend's death would be... murder.

Labled as a bit of an outcast, due to her odd behavior and reaction to Vanessa's death, Ivy finds herself more alone than ever as she is determined to find her friend's killer.

And she doesn't have much time, herself... as she's known her whole life.

Now, she realizes, it may be that she may give up her life to catch…