Hiding Carly by Ann Eisenstein

Hiding Carly by Ann Eisenstein
Publisher: Peak City Publisher
Genre: Middle Grade, Suspense/Mystery, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (162 pages)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Review by: Astilbe

Eleven year old Sean is in search of the truth. Someone murdered his father, Special Agent Max Gray, and the FBI has officially closed the case. Now it is up to him to find out who was to blame. While investigating online, Sean stumbles upon a mysterious connection between his father and that new girl in his class. Now he has two puzzles to solve. What really happened to his dad and what does Carly have to do with it? In the face of danger, Sean sets aside his fear and finds the courage, compassion, and conviction to “follow the evidence.”

Keeping a secret can be a lot harder than it looks.

Sean was cool guy. The more I learned about him, the more I liked him. I also appreciated the fact that the author spent so much time showing the audience how smart and persistent he was in a few different situations early on in the plot. Including details about those parts of his personality made me feel like I’d gotten to know him really well by the time I finished the first couple of chapters.

The ending was hard to follow at times. There was so much going on in it that I had to stop and reread certain sections in order to understand how everything was related. It also ended pretty suddenly. I would have liked to have more time to understand why some scenes were written the way that they were. They weren’t clear to me right away, and that made me enjoy the storyline less than I was earlier on.

Both of mysteries Sean was trying to solve were fascinating. I enjoyed seeing him try to figure out what happened to his dad and why his new classmate, Carly, was such a secretive girl. Sean had so few clues about what was going on with either of them that I couldn’t wait to find out if he’d solve either one of them. Every time he managed to find out something new about them, I cheered.

I’d recommend Hiding Carly to anyone who is in the mood for a pulse-pounding mystery.

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