Saba Kahn’s family’s apartment was set on fire. However, right after the fire, the Kahn’s luck takes a sudden turn for the best. Saba has a surge in popularity, the family is provided with temporary shelter at a swanky condo, and Saba’s school works together to put together a fundraiser for the family. Rumors fly as people speculate who was responsible for the fire. The events after this tragedy are pieced together through overheard conversations, emails, newspaper articles, interviews, etc. Different characters provide their perspective, but how can the reader know who to trust? This is a very realistic, non-violent mystery that takes a good look at contemporary society.
I read the book jacket summary and was intrigued enough to add it to my to-read stack. I started seeing positive reviews on a few book blogs I follow, so I moved it to the top of my stack. The writing style was perfect for this mystery. I felt like a real life detective because I had to figure out who was reliable. Klise does a good job of challenging what looks like authentic altruism. Many characters appear to be helpful, but their motives are selfish and disingenuous. The whole story flowed very well and I couldn’t put the book down until the last page.
I’d recommend it to any mystery lovers who like their stories more on the realistic side.
Reviewed by: Kate (Haggard Library)