Summer is the best part of the year in Winston, California, and the Fourth of July is the highlight of the season. But the perfect town Clare remembers has changed, and everyone is praying that this summer will be different from the last two—that this year's Fourth of July festival won't see one of their own vanish without a trace, leaving no leads and no suspects. The media are in a frenzy predicting a third disappearance, but the town depends on tourist dollars, so the residents of Winston are trying desperately to pretend nothing's wrong.
And they're not the only ones hiding something.
Clare, a seamstress who redesigns vintage clothing, has been blessed—or perhaps cursed—with a gift: she can see people's pasts when she touches their clothes. When she stumbles across a denim jacket that once belonged to Amanda Stavros, last year's Fourth of July victim, Clare sees her perfect town begin to come apart at the seams.
In a town where appearance means everything, how deep beneath the surface will Clare dig to uncover a murderer?
Oh, man, what a great book! I enjoyed reading it so much! A town that on first look, is perfect, but then has all these deep, dark secrets, well, yeah, that kinda sucks. And when you live in that town, well, you're going to want to do something about it, like Clare did!
I really liked Clare's gift, it's something that I'm pretty sure I've read about before, but I can't remember where. So it was really awesome to be able to have it in this book, as she tries to solve this mystery plaguing her town!
I kinda suspected the bad guy. Mystery books usually have that big twist right near the climax, and with that in mind, I guessed who the bad guy was. So it felt pretty good to be right! Because I usually don't try to guess at all! Just wonder at the suspects!
I would really love for there to be a sequel, or a companion book, just to be with these characters again! I enjoyed what time I had with them now, but it would be really awesome to have more time, they were really great!
This was a really great book, I enjoyed it a ton!
Author: Sophie Littlefield
Read: October 25th, 2012
Reason Why: Sounded like a good book!
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Published: September 11th 2012