Friday, January 6, 2017

Book review - The Lost Girl of Astor Street

Title: The Lost Girl of Astor Street
Author: Stephanie Morrill
Genre: historical fiction
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A solid mystery

Summary (provided by publisher): When her best friend vanishes without so much as a good-bye, eighteen-year-old Piper Sail takes on the role of amateur sleuth in an attempt to solve the mystery of Lydia’s disappearance. Given that Piper’s tendency has always been to butt heads with high-society’s expectations of her, it’s no surprise that she doesn’t give a second thought to searching for answers to Lydia’s abduction from their privileged neighborhood.
As Piper discovers that those answers might stem from the corruption strangling 1924 Chicago—and quite possibly lead back to the doors of her affluent neighborhood—she must decide how deep she’s willing to dig, how much she should reveal, and if she’s willing to risk her life of privilege for the sake of the truth.
Perfect for fans of Libba Bray and Anna Godbersen, Stephanie Morrill’s atmospheric, jazz-age mystery will take readers from the glitzy homes of the elite to the dark underbelly of 1920s Chicago.

My opinion: While period mysteries aren't for everyone, I found this book pretty enjoyable. The characters are solidly portrayed - dynamic, nuanced, and distinct. They develop depth as the plot progresses. The plot holds a decent number of twists. There were inte4rpersonal developments I predicted that never came to fruition. The resolution has groundwork laid early on, so it is logical but not obvious. The real strength in this book, though, is the historical setting. The atmosphere is fantastic. Someone looking for a thrilling read, with lots of twists and nail-biting moments, probably won't enjoy this book. But, if you're someone who prefers to enjoy the moment and the scenery, give this book a try.

More information: The Lost Girl of Astor Street releases January 18.
Advanced Reader Copy provided by NetGalley.

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