How I Read It: Print
Dates Read: 1/1/20-1/5/20
How I Found It: Unplugged Book Box
Flashback to Unplugged Book Box Advent Calendar in 2019 and you know full well that I was super excited about this book! I assumed it would be similar to Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close or a book from my childhood about keys that I will look up from my personal library one of these days, where we are trying to solve a puzzle throughout the entire story. Going into this book, I figured that this would be a really quick read and that once you got into it, you would be hooked. What I didn’t figure is how intricate this book would be. Despite other books of the same length only taking about 4-5 hours to read, this book took SIGNIFICANTLY longer, so be prepared because this one will eat time like it’s its job.
Tuesday is the person who finds out as much personal information about you as possible to guarantee a donation to the hospital. She grew up in Salem, MA and was the best friend of missing girl Abigail Hobbes. She has a best friend named Dex, who has a history in musical theatre and horrible relationships, that she continues to support despite his many woe-is-me moments.
While at a charity dinner for the hospital, Tuesday meets Nathaniel Arches, who definitely doesn’t match the person she’s researched. But when bajillionaire Vincent Pryce dies of an aneurysm, Tuesday’s life changed forever.
Upon his death, Vincent Pryce designed a game that encourages people to find and piece together clues that would result in a hidden treasure. Soon, Nathaniel comes to Tuesday’s door asking for her help in solving the puzzles, leading to what often times feels like a wild goose chase. Filled with twists and turns, this novel will take you on a wild ride that will make you stop and think so many times you won’t believe it!
I really enjoyed this one, but I did wish that there were more clues to the story. It felt like we were about to enter a much more intense scavenger hunt than we actually did. But at the same time, the overall story was so complex that I get why aspects of the scavenger hunt took a back seat. I also think that Tuesday’s and Archie’s relationship did not need to turn physical. Especially when it did nothing for the story or their storyline. It felt unnecessary and cheap.
There is obviously a lot of the story that I haven’t talked about, and parts of the story that I hinted at by introducing characters, that I didn’t include because I don’t want this post to be 20 pages long. But at the end of the day, you really need to read this one to see what it is about, and I hope you guys like it as much as I did! I will give this book 4 out of 5 stars, with a possibility of being 4.5.
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