Thursday, October 6, 2011

Book Review: Stonebrook Cottage - A Novel by Carla Neggers


Carla Neggers in her novel, Stonebrook Cottage, brings in many characters while deftly intertwining each of them in each other’s lives as the murder of a prominent politician is solved. The young children are the key to solving the mystery of this murder, while their mother and aunt ensure that these children are cared for in the best possible manner. But the children manage to run circles around the adults causing anxiety and pandemonium throughout the story.

The reader is introduced to the legalities and police work involved in determining who could have possibly murdered the politician. For a while it is assumed that it was an accidental death. Through much suspense with travels to different parts of the country, Neggers keeps the reader guessing and in suspense throughout the novel as she explicitly describes romantic scenes that evolve into relationships which ultimately cause disturbances among the family members.

Some depictions are not all believable, especially with the children’s tactics and misadventures. The adults in this story appear to act in predictable, yet outrageous ways in different scenarios as they diligently engage in solving this mystery.

Neggers has created a good suspense story with many characters as each have a role to play in maintaining the enjoyable tension that is evident throughout the novel. A good read.

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