Friday, December 25, 2015

Review: Strangers on a Train (Nancy Drew Diaries #2) by Carolyn Keene


SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS:
Nancy and her friends take their detective skills on an Alaskan adventure in this second book of the Nancy Drew Diaries, a fresh approach to a classic series.Nancy’s Alaskan adventure continues as she, Bess, and George disembark the mystery-plagued Arctic Star cruise ship and explore the grand sites of the forty-ninth state: Skagway; the Yukon territory, and Denali National Park. It’s spectacular scenery, but things start to go wrong almost immediately, leading Nancy to believe that whoever was behind the unsolved mayhem aboard the ship has followed them onto dry land. The girl detectives had better watch their steps—they’re on uncharted and unknown territory!
MY TAKE:
While I didn't love this book as much as other Nancy Drew books I've read, it was still fun to read.

In Strangers on a Train, Nancy is still on a cruise thanks to her mystery from the previous book. The mystery has been solved but there are still some loose ends that Nancy hasn't answered yet. Are they something she should be worried about?

I was curious to see how the leftover mysteries from the first book would be explained. I thought it would be just one explanation, but as it turns out, there's more than one. The one that was more related to Nancy's purpose on the ship was realistic, but strangely, it felt like it came out of left field for me.

As for the other mystery, I had a small suspicion about it in the last book and that suspicion only grew stronger as I read this one. Obviously, I wasn't surprised when I was proven correct, although since I didn't bother to think too much about the motive, I was surprised by that.

Overall, it was an okay read. I think this is best suited to young readers who are new to Nancy Drew or are just getting interested in mysteries.

THE GOOD:

  1. It feels like you're right there with them.
  2. There are a few interesting characters.
  3. It's a fun, quick read.

THE BAD:

  1. It's not as interesting as other Nancy Drew books I've read.  

READ IT IF:

  1. You are a Nancy Drew fan.
  2. You want to introduce your child to Nancy Drew.
  3. Your child likes mystery books. 

RATING:
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