F.E. Higgins has created a dark world of intrigue for the middle grade reading sector with The Black Book of Secrets. Fans of Lemony Snicket and his "Unfortunate Events" series and J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter", will be fully satisfied with the mystery, spookiness, and unanswered questions that fill the pages of this book. Plus the edges of the pages are black and that's just plain cool.
When his abusive parents go a bit too far and attempt to rip the teeth out of his mouth to sell, Ludlow Fitch finally runs away from The City and away from his parents. Not knowing where to go, but knowing he has to go somewhere, Ludlow ends up residing with Joe, the mysterious pawnbroker that trades money for the townspeople's deep, dark secrets, having Ludlow record the secrets in a big, black, book.
Having obvious trust issues, Ludlow finds it difficult to trust Joe, though he wants to desparately. Always feeling as if he is not being told very important information as to Joe's intentions, Ludlow tries to find out all he can about Joe, while continuing to be his assistant and transcibe people's secrets, finding out more about his neighbors than he ever would have thought possible. Unfortunately, what Joe doesn't realize is his new apprentice may hold a deep secret of his own.
The setting of The Black Book of Secrets is completely creepy and the different characters, most especially Joe, is incredibly intriguing. Mystery surrounds all the characters and the reader is constantly wondering what the next big secret he or she is going to read will be. Through the course of the story, there are times I wasn't even sure what was going on...who was bad, who was good...such fun! This one is going to be a "stay up late and read under the covers with a flashlight" book!
Though technically marketed towards middle grade readers, the characters will also appeal to young adults, as do Snicket's and Rowling's titles. Very enjoyable! And again...the black page edges are cool!
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