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What He Saw by Ryan Casey

Saturday, January 26, 2013
“Casey’s keen ear and eye for description make for a clean and leisurely read.” - Katherine, Writing Reconsidered
“Powerful… an impressive first novel for Casey – a writer to keep an eye on.” - James, Speaking to the Eyes
If you stumbled upon a shocking mystery as a child, how would you react?
What We Saw tells the story of a young boy, Liam O’Donnell, his cousin, Adam, and their experiences at their grandparents’ caravan site one summer. When the disappearance of their dog leads to a terrifying discovery deep in the nearby woods, Liam and Adam are plunged into a very adult world of morals and decisions, and find themselves trapped in the dark clutches of secrecy and suspicion, far transcending mere mystery.
What We Saw is a touching and thrilling British mystery novel that will have you hooked as the plot hurtles towards a shocking conclusion.

“The writing is clean, the imagery vibrantly descriptive, and the story, though fictional, carries realistic emotion that hits the core of the reader.” 
- Leanne
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Genre – Mystery / Coming of Age
Rating – PG15
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Looking for a good mystery?  Liam and Adam are with their grandparents and experiencing the typical "nothing to do" summer until their dog disappears.  When that event happens, the book takes off.  Liam and Adam must work together to solve a dangerous mystery that leads them to question their integrity and make difficult decisions.  The two grow closer together as they follow up on leads and try to tie together the clues. 

Liam and Adam are good characters.  They have an easy camaraderie that grows over the pages.  The reader will enjoy seeing them go from not-very-happy (they both had very difficult years before going to their grandparents') to dedicated sleuths.  Their characters are dynamic, not boring or static at all.  The other characters are just as interesting for the most part and serve to push the plot along.  The plot itself isn't so much "new," but it is fun and interesting.  The author adds his own twists and the ending is satisfying.  Overall, this novel is recommended to teen/young adult readers.

3 1/2 Stars

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  1. Liam and Adam sound great. I love character development and well written frienship.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  1. I stumbled across this on goodreads and it looks like something I'd enjoy.

  1. Sam said...:

    I do like a good mystery and a book that has good characters.This one sounds interesting enough that I might pick it up if I have time.

  1. Chelsea B. said...:

    Um, yes please! I'm always looking for a good new mystery!