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Mister Death's blue-eyed girls by Mary Downing Hahn – Review by Rebecca, Teen Blogger

Mister death's blue eyed girls - book coverMany people have either read the novel or seen the movie adaptation of the paranormal drama novel The Lovely Bones. For some time I’ve been looking for a novel with a similar theme and it turns out that the Halifax Public Libraries does have a copy of one I wanted to read: Mister Death's blue-eyed girls by Mary Downing Hahn. This teen novel takes place in the 1950’s and the story follows several teenagers as their lives are changed dramatically by the tragic murder of two of their friends in the woods near their neighborhood. It’s a very nostalgic view of the way things were for kids back in the Fifties. There were no cell phones or texting, no computers, most girls had to wear skirts rather than pants, television wasn’t as popular, cars were more powerful, and so on.

Mary Downing Hahn grew up in the 1950’s according to the novel, and based the book on her own teenage experiences.  The book is based on an actual crime that occurred in 1955 so it made it even more interesting to read.

Nora is a popular but awkward girl who finds herself an emotional wreck after the murders of two friends from her school. She realizes that she no longer enjoys fast car rides and beer and sleepovers which at first gave her a feeling of rebellion. She starts avoiding her closest friends and sits in her room all day and cries. As time goes on, she heads for the used bookstore in town and the soda shop, leaving her immature former lifestyle behind. Buddy, who dated one of the murder victims, has the whole town against him because he is suspected to be the murderer, and Nora is the only one who believes that he is innocent; Nora trusts him and finds herself looked down upon by her so-called friends. Nobody knows who the killer really is.

I don’t want to give away the whole story for anyone who hasn’t read it but if you’re looking for a good book to read than this is a great choice. The author not only wrote it, she lived it, and by the time you’re done reading the novel you’ll feel like you’ve lived her life as well. It’s around 300 pages long, so if you’re looking for something you can sit down and read slowly, this book is one you’ll probably be glad to pick. I finished it in two weeks. If you’re looking for an original book, this one is definitely different from the usual popular stuff, and actually it’s getting a lot of good reviews on websites like Goodreads.

[Blog Editor - a new book by Mary Downing Hahn called Took: a ghost story is being released in September 2015]


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