Hooray for the YA book club, brainchild of Tracey Neithercott.
This month's selection was The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. What a cool book. I loved the premise-- a huge mystery slash puzzle. Sixteen people are called in to hear the final Will of the millionaire Sam Westing. Someone is accused of being Westing's murderer, and the sixteen potential heirs must use clues to figure out just who is responsible.
I love a good mystery, and part of what mesmerizes me in a good mystery is having the author take you along for the ride but being able to TRUST the author to do it well. I hate when a mystery is poorly planned and the reader either figures it out too early or can tell that the author fudged the results. There is nothing worse, in my book.
Well, the Westing Game by Ellen Raskin passed my test with flying colors. It was an incredibly elaborate mystery that kept me guessing in the most enjoyable way. I did not figure it out early-- I didn't figure it out at all. The few things I could put together were only a small part of the bigger, more elaborate plot.
When the mystery finally culminated at the end it was TOTALLY satisfying, believable, and logical.
I can't recommend this book enough. If you haven't read The Westing Game check it out!
Check out Tracey's blog to find out what the other YA book club members thought of The Westing Game. Then join in-- everyone's welcome!
Have you read The Westing Game? What did you think?