Hanging by a Thread by Sophie Littlefield

Wednesday 26 September 2012.
Hanging by a Thread
Hanging by a Thread by Sophie Littlefield
Published: 11th September 2012
By: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Source: Netgalley

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Clare and her mom have just moved back to her hometown of Winston having left it six years previous. But while she's been gone, the town has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. On the previous two Independence weekends, there have been incidences involving children. The first year, a little boy was murdered, the following year, a girl went missing on the same day. There's talk of a serial killer. Tourism has suffered. Now all the adults are worrying about the kids this holiday weekend and trying to organise events that will keep them all together.

Clare has a special gift that has passed down through her family. The curse began with the murder of her descendent Alma, who was shot in her dress shop by a jealous husband, along with the bride to be. Alma was pregnant at the time and the baby was delivered before she died. Clare can see the memories of clothes she touches, what happened to the wearer while they had it on, and how they felt at the time. Clare's hobby is creating new styles of clothing from old clothes that she picks up at flea markets, garage sales etc. Can you see where this is going? It was fairly predictable.

Clare comes across a badly destroyed denim jacket which happened to belong to the dead girl, Amanda. Clare can't let go and feels like the jacket wants her to help so she speaks with Jack, Amanda's boyfriend at the time, and Amanda's mother. Clare's best friend is acting weird, and Clare discovers that she's been keeping secrets from her about Amanda, she gets suspicious of Rachel's involvement in the girls death.

This was kind of suspenseful but there was a definite anti-climax when the truth was revealed. I had expected something a bit more sinister and so, was disappointed. There's a smidgeon of romance and even though I liked Jack, it just didn't light any fires in me. There would have been no difference to the book if the romance hadn't been there. Romance for the sake of a romance.

Overall, not one of my most enjoyable reads, but something did keep me turning those pages. If you're a fan of paranormal mysteries and thrillers, then you may enjoy this more than I did.

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A Canadian Girl said...

Romance for the sake of a romance is never fun. People will read a (YA) book even if there isn't a romance in it!

I'm a little confused as to why people would start thinking there's a serial killer on the loose just because two people disappear over two years. It could just be coincidence.

Rachel said...

The premise sounds interesting, too bad the story didn't live up to your expectations, Suzanne. I am interested to know what secrets the best friend is hiding. I always love mysteries. Great review Suzanne. :)

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

I have not read a good review of this yet and I have it for review...not looking forward to it. I was thinking this was going to be great but alas....oh well!

Unknown said...

It is an interesting idea and power. I wouldn't want to live the memories of someone murdered though. That would be horrible. I love paranormal mysteries/thrillers but I do hate when everything is revealed and it isn't much a shock or very sinister. I really like the ending to pack some punch.

Silverlight said...

I have this too, but I don't think I'm going to like it at all.

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