Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Mystery/Science fiction/Fantasy
What did you like about the book? The death of her Aunt Magnolia has left Jane adrift. Her larger than life, globe-trotting aunt, an underwater photographer, had raised Jane after the death of her parents. Before she died, her aunt made Jane promise to never turn down an invitation to Tu Reviens, the family home of the Thrush’s. So when her former tutor Kiran Thrush invites her to the spring gala at the mansion on its own private island, Jane decides to go. Jane, an artist who builds elaborate umbrellas, is overwhelmed by the mansion and the strange behavior of its inhabitants and guests. Soon, the book takes Jane to a place where she can choose to follow one of five characters and each choice plays out as its own reality and story. In one version Jane is inside a mystery of an art heist. Another choice leads her into an international spy thriller. A horror story is followed by science fiction and finally fantasy. This is like a more literary “Choose Your Own Adventure” novel filled with well-developed characters and plots. Each of the five novels within the novel perfectly captures the essence of its literary genre. The “Author’s Note” describes how the author wrote the book in homage to some of her favorite novels, especially Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca, and includes information on the various works of art housed at Tu Reviens. This novel truly has something for every reader.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? Fans of Kristin Cashore will love this novel. Hand it to readers who love mysteries, thrillers, horror, sci fi and fantasy.
Who should buy this book? Public Libraries and high school libraries
Where would you shelve it? YA fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
Date of review: 12/5/17