Those who follow my reviews know about my soft spot for indie authors, and when I find one worth sharing I like to let people know about it.
Well, I found another one.
So I'm letting you know.
I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting when I picked up The Whitehall Trials--but I do know exactly that I wasn't expecting what I got. This isn't a light-hearted YA mystery. There's no sweet love story, no predictable plot. Instead we get bad guys who are truly bad, friends who aren't what they appear to be, unexpected twists, spies, secret agents, and even assassination attempts. This is brooding, a bit dark, even creepy--especially creepy--all in the best ways.
I loved that I couldn't figure this book out. Once the revelations had been made and some of the answers became apparent, I was left with a smile and a wanting for more. A smile because I was surprised. Wanting more because of that blasted cliffhanger ending!
I wish the book was a bit longer because I think there was room for some more character development, and if you're one of those who can't look past misplaced commas consider this your only warning. There is just a bit of language for those who want to be aware of that.
Don't let those things stop you though. I found these grievances to be very minor compared with the fun I was having getting surprised with the unexpected. I'm happy to recommend it to my 14-year-old daughter.
Way to go Michelle! I had a blast reading your book! Now we just need to have a conversation about when we can expect book two...