Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Hanging by a Thread by Sophie Littlefield

Hanging by a Thread
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Hanging by a Thread by Sophie Littlefield

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?

My Thoughts
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

one of my favorite movies is of that teeny tiny boy confessing at just above a whisper of “I see dead people.” the protag in this one goes through something similar. hints are dropped at the beginning, but never really stated outright until after  the yawn inducing laying of groundwork, where she describes in detail where she is, what she does and how she does it.

now, what made clare special anyway? (aside from her re-purposing old clothes, that is) well, her special-ness links to her maybe confessing, “I read old clothing.” (you should have seen how far my eyes rolled back into my head.) and if at first, I simply found it too odd ridiculous, the reader in me who reads of vampires, werewolves and faeries got used to it… and even eventually appreciated how the whole “sliding into someone else” was executed.

but dear god, sometimes all her talk on her trade put me to sleep. there’s a lot of descriptives that could have been done without. i knew she sews, but i didn’t need to know on what. i knew she made clothes, but i didn’t need to know how quirky/cute/funky her creations might have been. sure, it was interesting at first and she even had me curious. but it did get old. mainly, because it got in the way of the story. the meat of which had to do with a would-be serial killer on the prowl and how those around her know more than they’re willing to let on.

as to the requisite love, jack read interesting. yes, there may have been some of the old new girl + bad boy in the works, but at least he made things more interesting by being up front and being all bad-boy charming.

frankly, it read like a movie… just not the most interesting one.

thanks net galley!

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