July 8th, 2015 by Karen
I have to admit, I didn’t have high expectations for this book when I first picked it up. Sadly, I was judging the book by its cover. I mean, look at it.
But once I started reading the book, I was pleasantly surprised! I was immediately drawn to the main character, Hallie. She and her mom have just moved to a new town after Hallie’s father died in a car crash. Things are obviously tough: Not only does Hallie have to deal with a new school, no friends, and a crummy new apartment, but she’s still grieving for her dad.
As a welcome distraction, Hallie starts spying on an apartment across the street from her building. She quickly gets caught up in solving the mystery of who lives there and why the occupants always seem to be upset with each other. Why is the golden-haired teenage girl crying? What is the relationship of the three adults yelling at each other? And could the kid Hallie meets at the local library really be the same person she’s spotted hiding in the shadows of the living room?
If you’re looking for a spooky book with lots of gripping action, this is not it. Yes, there are tense moments that Hallie witnesses, but the mystery here is more quiet and contained — and ultimately the real story may be more about what these neighbors mean to Hallie than what’s actually happening in their lives for real…
I think you’ll enjoy this book if you’re a fan of Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead.
Have you ever spied on neighbors, family members, or even total strangers? Or have you ever made up stories about the people you see around you? Leave a comment and let me know!