The Dead Mothers Club by Mary Henning

The Dead Mothers Club by Mary Henning
Publisher: Blue Turtle Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery, Young Adult
Length: Full Length (282)
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Snowdrop

What could drive Erin Wei, an Advanced Placement student and the only child of her widowed father, to suicide? This is the question plaguing her four closest, and in fact, only, friends; Jenny Long, Tony Armeni, Raejean Carlton and Mark Reynolds.

Before swallowing her father’s tranquilizers, Erin carefully wrapped and labeled several of her possessions and left them to her friends. Among them was her private journal, In its pages, they will discover a crime that will rock her remaining family, the church, and the sleepy town of Pine Valley to its roots, and be faced with decisions that will affect each of them for the rest of their lives.

Good kids with real life troubles in a mystery? But it works.

This is a really great book. I rarely ever give something 5 stars and yet this author’s story and her character development all deserve a 5.

Since this book has much dialogue by teens, I really thought it was going to be a YA (Young Adult) classification. But the truth is I can’t think of any age that wouldn’t enjoy reading it as both a mystery and a story about everyday problems. I’m calling the problems in this book “every day” but only because I unfortunately think that although many are hidden, these problems do exist in everyday life. They are not always something we want to think about but they do exist. I personally got a lot out of reading it…enjoyment, a few laughs, a few tears, a few ideas, some good feelings about people, and some anger at others.

Even though this book jumps from character to character, I never lost track of who was who. It never seemed like the book was jumping around. Since I really hate reading and wondering “now who is this?” I think it takes a very talented author to craft a book this way and never once frustrate me. She taught me each characters’ personality so well it was almost as if I knew them. Characters in a book are very important to me. In fact, they have a lot to do with how much I enjoy a book.

To sum this book up…not a long read, in fact a really easy read. But very involved. Well worth your time.

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