A Murder Mystery by the Sea

Here is the next in a series of Netgalley reviews.  This is a Young Adult / New Adult fantasy by two masters of the genre.


Unwept by Tracy Hickman, Laura Hickman

Tor Books, 272 pgs (Hardcover), July 1, 2014

I had to sit on this review for a few days because my mind was just blown by the story and not entirely in a good way. In a setting more like an Agatha Christy Ms. Marple novel, the Hickmans deliver a tense sometimes gruesome murder mystery that takes place in a small Maine seaside port town called Gamin in the middle of WWII. The writing is excellent as always, and apart from hoping that someone would explain what the heck the first chapter was all about, a riveting read. (Yes I figured it out at the end, but seriously spent the first half wondering where the skeletons were….)

There are sinister things afoot in this town, and nothing is quite what it seems. The town young men and women “The Nightbirds” say she is a member of their group. Can Miss Ellis, recently returned to Gamin after a long illness, figure out what is going in in time to save everyone from a monster? Can she even save herself?

From the dynamic masters of fantasy comes a new series that promises to bend your mind and leave you with more questions than answers. I am not sure what book two has in store, but I can’t wait to find out. I would write more of a review, but I am worried it might give away too much. This is a mystery after all 😉

I will recommend this book for our library since I think our teens will love it, and it fits the tone of what I am reading in a lot of teen fiction right now. So it is not expressly a teen fiction, but a creepy novel about a young lady set in a mutable world where no one and nothing is as it seems.  Note to parents, the gore / body count is pretty high and there is some creepy not quite sex scenes.  So reserve this for your older teens.