Halversham by RS Anthony

Halversham by RS Anthony
Publisher: Self
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Young Adult
Length: Full Length (184 Pages)
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Age Recommendation: 12+
Review by: Sorrel

With his mother dead and his father jetting off on yet another business trip, fifteen-year-old Andy Monaghan can’t stand the thought of spending summer alone in the city. Instead, he seeks a few weeks of solace in the place his mother loved the most: the rural town of Halversham where his father was raised.

No sooner does Andy arrive in Halversham than he hears of strange incidents occurring in town, including a few too close for comfort. Before long, Andy is reluctantly reeled into a chain of events that quickly darken the rose-colored glasses he’s been wearing for his mother’s beloved country getaway.

Finding out who’s responsible for Halversham’s many tragedies becomes Andy’s main priority. As he reconnects with his father’s family and dives deeper into the mysteries surrounding the town, he finds that even his own may not be safe from trouble. Is he willing to risk everything to uncover the truth of Halversham’s dark secrets, and protect the people he loves?

This is a twisted mystery.

A suspenseful story, Halversham kept me on my toes wanting to know more about everyone. The climax definitely surprised me. Right up to the end, I had no idea who was doing the killing or what made the small town of Halversham, well, Halversham.

When Andy’s mother died, he wanted to know more about the town that she loved so much; Halversham had the added mystery as to why his father left, never to return to it. What Andy finds out, and keeps finding out, continues to shock him. That was understandable. This was some strange and deadly occurrences.

This story was just the right length. While I am a mystery reader, I’m not much of a suspense fan. I almost gave up but actually glad that I didn’t, While I’m not one for over the top suspenseful stories, this is a book I would definitely recommend for younger kids who enjoy suspense or mystery.

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