Wish I picked up a different book
I understand I’m about 10 years late on this, but I feel like I must add a review. A very, very long one.
I chose this book thinking I would like it and be able to relate to the character. The book just disappointed me and made me a bit irritated because even though her actions advanced the plot, they were just really stupid and distracted me from what was really going on. The plot is just a girl getting involved in something she shouldn’t have been a part of anyway and almost getting herself killed because she’s the “only one that can solve this mystery”... Put plainly, a moron tries to save the day. The things she did were just completely idiotic and I don’t understand how she’s supposed to come out looking like the hero. She literally went onto a crime scene and took her shoes back because she wanted them; how much more bratty can you get? The style of writing was good and the book is definitely focuses on a younger audience (not exactly younger than 12 due to the plot and activities mentioned but not for adults either), and I think that the way Abraham’s wrote this captured the thoughts of a teenage girl very well despite the fact that the majority of her actions and decisions were impulsive, carried out without thought, and immature. The way the murder was carried out was very interesting though. The author also gives some history on the town and the people in it so that everyone didn’t just seem like plot fillers. There wasn’t really any character development and Ingrid just seemed like the cliche hero that almost gets killed for defending a good cause. I’m not sure if there’s supposed to be a moral or a theme, but it seems like it would be that sometimes you have to do bad things for good reasons. Not exactly Dexter level, unless you consider trespassing on crime scenes, sneaking out of your house at night, lying to authoritative figures, and breaking several laws just as bad. There was some mention of smoking and drinking, as well as some violence (there’s guns too if you’re against that stuff), so it’s definitely not a book to teach good morals. However, most kids know (and should know) about this sort of stuff at around 12, so it’s not that big of a problem if that’s your audience. If you’re trying to find a murder story with a good lesson, look elsewhere (or, really, stop looking altogether).
The story was interesting, but Ingrid’s actions and character just overshadows it in my opinion and takes away from the book.