Author: Tony Abbott
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
The last place Jason wants to be is in
Review:Tony Abbott has created a surprisingly good little story in many ways here. Teens and tweens will certainly relate to Jason’s irritation at having his summer ruined, and many will sympathize as he watches his family fall slowly apart. The clues Jason follows are believable but complex enough to keep readers’ attention and catch them up in the tale even as Jason himself is caught up in it. Abbott adds plenty of historical details about the town, its landmarks and even the circus that lend authenticity to the story. Some readers may find the mass of vaguely identified characters confusing, particularly in the final scenes, particularly as many seem to have several names. Some supporting elements of the ending felt contrived and even cheesy in spots, but overall a great, fast-paced read, not entirely unlike Moon over Manifest, and fans of one will probably enjoy the other.