Fadeaway Girl

Fadeaway Girl

A Novel

Book - 2011
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For waitress and cub reporter Emma Graham, tragedy defines where she lives. Spirit Lake, La Porte, and Lake Noir have been held in thrall by intertwined crimes: the murders of Mary-Evelyn Devereau, Rose Queen, and Fern Queen; the supposed kidnapping of a four-month-old baby from the Belle Ruin hotel twenty years previously; and, most recently, the attack on Emma. And with the arrival of an unexpected visitor and a drifter, it looks like the bad times have only begun...
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2011.
ISBN: 9780451235640
9780670022441
Characteristics: 323 p. ;,25 cm.

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LouiseGuill
Jun 26, 2015

Has become one of my favourites. Lots of interesting characters. It was like walking into a Norman Rockwell scene, from a young girl's perspective. It's almost like Scout's older cousin, from To Kill A Mockingbird, smart, plucky, curious, wise-cracking, trying to find her way and solve a mystery in a world of busy and preoccupied adults. (This was a time when children were to be seen, not heard.) The setting is the 50/60s and written from that perspective. If you're not into history, you may prefer a more modern story. I'm a history buff, so felt like I was transported back to that time in small town America.

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gaileg
Mar 14, 2014

I agree with astrella -- there is no real "ending" in this series. Don't get me wrong, I loved it -- as I invariably love all of Martha Grimes' work. But after a few years reading each installment and awaiting the denouement, well, it just sort of... ended. (And I don't foresee there being a fifth book to wrap it all up.) Having said that, I want to add that Grimes is without parallel in her writing, and especially in her portrayals of children. I dearly love her work!

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astrella
Jan 21, 2012

While the books in this series are very intriguing and the protagonist is compelling, they are on the "moody" side - which is OK, the writing is great - but with this installment especially, I sort of felt like I should start over and read them all in a row. This one doesn't exactly end, per se; unless I missed it, the mystery isn't exactly solved. But that's not really the point of these books.

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rslade
Nov 03, 2011

Intriguing perspective: an adult mystery, but told from the perspective of a child. Good mystery, good writing.

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