Saturday, January 07, 2017

The House on Candlewick Lane

by Amy M. Reade

I was drawn in right from the beginning but then my interest dwindled.  The tempo of the story slowed.  The main character and mother of the kidnapped 5-year-old girl moved to Edinburgh to search for her daughter but her focus seemed to shift to the beauty and food of the area.  Perhaps the author was more fully describing the setting but I felt derailed.  Greer, the mother, would talk about searching for her daughter but instead went to art museums and other charming points of interest.  To be fair, I eventually realized that Greer was in Edinburgh to be close to the investigation and to only do a little bit of personal sleuthing.

About the time I was ready to stop reading the story picked up it's momentum again.  I enjoyed the flashbacks to an earlier time when Greer had visited her in-laws.  Big lesson - don't marry someone until you've met his family!  The sense of danger picked up when Greer's sister was beaten and then when Greer's husband . . . whoops, I almost left a spoiler.   

Overall, I liked this mystery.  I wouldn't describe it as a cozy but not a thriller, either.  It was a worthwhile and fun read.

The House on Candlewick Lane will be published on Feb. 7, 2017.

**I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kensington Books and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.  No compensation was received.

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