Saturday, July 10, 2010

AND THEN EVERYTHING UNRAVELED by Jennifer Sturman



Delia's (Cordelia's) life is unraveling.  She has just been given the news that the research ship her mother is traveling on has disappeared.  Since her mother was her only remaining parent, Delia is told she will be leaving California and moving to New York City to live with an aunt she has never met.

The arrangements were made and recorded in her mother's will.  Actually, both her mother's sisters are to have a part in Delia's care should it be necessary.  One is to be her legal guardian and caregiver while the other will oversee her finances and her education.  The frightening thing is the last lines in her mother's will read, "To be clear, I make these arrangements only as a last resort.  For Cordelia's sake, I hope they never become necessary."  Yikes!

Delia's head is spinning as she is told to pack for the move.  She will be living with her Aunt Charley.  Plans have already been made for her to attend the same prestigious private school attended by her mother and her mother's two sisters.  Once in New York, Delia finds Charley sort of crazy and carefree; just the opposite of her other aunt, Patience, whose idea of fun is a formal, business lunch complete with mounds of financial documents and legalese discussions.

Although she appreciates the efforts of her aunts, Delia doesn't want to get too comfortable in her new surroundings because she is convinced that her mother is still alive, and she is determined to prove it.  With the help of a new friend named Natalie, a private investigator, and much to her surprise, a wacky psychic, Delia sets out to solve the mystery and reunite with her mother.

Author Jennifer Sturman takes the "unraveling" threads of Delia's life and weaves an attention grabbing mystery.  Complete with shady corporations, possible illegal environmental issues, and a near miss from a speeding SUV, this book makes an intriguing summer read.  Readers will be kept on the edge of their seats by the "To be continued..." ending, but don't despair, the sequel is already out and it's called AND THEN I FOUND OUT THE TRUTH.  If that doesn't make you want to read on, I don't know what will.

3 comments:

Ms. Yingling said...

This looks interesting. I'll have to see if the library has it!

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