Source: the Author
I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This book will hold a special place forever as my first advance reader’s edition! It will be released in hardcover September 14th, 2010. The first thing that struck me was the narrative voice, which belongs to one of the Hardscrabble children but you are left not knowing which, though I have my suspicions. I like books that keep you guessing and I like to think I am a pretty good guesser but Ellen Potter kept me on my toes until the very end. The children are all unique and I bet every reader identifies with a different one. Otto, Lucia and Max live with their father Casper in the town of Little Tunks. They don’t exactly fit because of the rumors surrounding the disappearance of their mother. Their lives are filled with mystery and confusion but not in the ways they expect. The cover also gets serious points for actually fitting the book. The children all resemble each other a bit much than their descriptions but all and all quite appropriate. This is one where I struggle with how to not spoil. These are three siblings set on an adventure by a phone call and who in the end have their adventure and find some truth as well. I’ve heard this book referred to as having a feel of Lemony Snicket but there is so much more meat to this book. The characters are more real and the journey is so much more.
Source: ARC from author