Title: Murder Notebooks : Dead Time
Author: Cassidy, Anne
Publisher: Walker & Co
With her mother missing and presumed dead, Rose has moved in with her dower Grandmother Anna. Rose has changed schools and is far from Josh, the sort of half-brother she gained when her mother began to date Brendan. When Rose’s mom and Josh’s dad both go missing the pair is separated for
nearly 5 years. Now a series of killings in their neighborhood seems related to other unsolved cases like that of their parents. Rose is the narrator and thus the character you are most concerned about when teens around her start to drop dead. Although she is close to Josh, I didn’t feel I knew him well and felt sort of ambivalent about his involvement in things. The story isn’t overly gory but Rose does witness a murder and walk into a crime scene at a cemetery. Dead Time isn’t a forensic novel; it’s based on clues and detective work. Cassidy strings the plot along slowly but if the effect is meant to be eerie the sensation just gets lost; the story felt slow. The ending leads you to believe there will be
more books in the series so we can learn more about the missing parents who also happen to be police officers who were working on cold cases. A lot of the mystery felt muted and dissatisfying; not bad per se but a tad boring.
No reservations for language, drinking or drug use. Optional purchase for grade 8th and up.
Reviewer: Laura C Perenic
School/Public Library: Middletown Public Library