Friday, September 13, 2013

Rains Reviews: Nobody's Secret by Michaela MacColl

Nobody's Secret by Michaela MacColl

Nobody's Secret
One day, fifteen-year-old Emily Dickinson meets a mysterious, handsome young man. Surprisingly, he doesn't seem to know who she or her family is. And even more surprisingly, he playfully refuses to divulge his name. Emily enjoys her secret flirtation with Mr. "Nobody" until he turns up dead in her family's pond. She's stricken with guilt. Only Emily can discover who this enigmatic stranger was before he's condemned to be buried in an anonymous grave. Her investigation takes her deep into town secrets, blossoming romance, and deadly danger. Exquisitely written and meticulously researched, this novel celebrates Emily Dickinson's intellect and spunk in a page-turner of a book that will excite fans of mystery, romance, and poetry alike.~Goodreads


So I was iffy when I picked up this book. I liked the idea of it. And with the main character being Emily Dickinson was definitely intriguing. But since mysteries don’t always keep my attention and books/movie/shows set in the past have a hard time interesting me so when I say I enjoyed this book you know how hard it was for the author to accomplish that. 

The format of this book was very well done with lines of her relevant poetry strewn about in the story, and the storytelling (it was in third person) was very well done. 

Emily is a peculiar and very intelligent young girl that is much too curious for the times she lived in and the place she grew up. When an acquaintance of hers turns up dead the circumstance is much too convenient and with the lack of caring from the rest of the town it give Emily a sense of duty to find out who this man was and why he died. Though she insisted on sticking her nose where it didn't belong I couldn’t help but cheer her on in her quest for answers. 

The mystery is breath catching, and keeps you anxious for answers. There is a nice balance of answers and questions so there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. 


Not one stranger in a thousand would have understood why she wanted a bee to land on her nose. Or would see the humor in her ridiculous parents. Or agree that one could worship God anywhere. p. 50
Liberty Bay Books: Nobody's Secret

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