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The Riddles of Hillgate

by Zoey and Claire Kane

Overview (from B&N.com):  Zoey Kane is known around Riverside for making bad decisions when it comes to auctions and real estate investments.  When her savvy daughter, Claire, learns her most recent purchase is eighty acres on the haunted, desolate, side of town, she is simply flabbergasted.  Amazement takes over the entire community and beyond, however, when a one-hundred-year-old mansion is discovered deep within trees.  When the Kanes transform Hillgate Manor into a popular hotel, things don’t go according to plan.  On top of all the strange noises after midnight, room number 10 becomes notorious for scary happenings, and Gothics replace the swank out-of-towners who head for the hills.  Someone or something doesn’t want it to be a success.  Messages on a mirror demanding, “Find more clues, find more clues!” convince the mother and daughter they must solve a string of riddles — that reveal haunting secrets, skeletons and murder — before it’s too late.

Based on the overview of the book, I thought it sounded like a worthwhile read.  I was wrong.  The idea behind the plot had a lot of potential, but that potential was never reached.  It was a fairly short book (111 pages on the Nook), that took far longer to get through than it should have.  The writing was juvenile and rushed.  It jumped from major plot point to major plot point, without slowing down enough to develop the characters.  I got this book when it was free at B&N and still thought it was a waste of time to read.  Just in case there’s any doubt on where I stand with this book, I would not recommend it.  It would be a waste of your time and money.

1 out of 5 Bookmarks

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