"Before you, Bella, my life was like a moonless night. Very dark, but there were stars, points of light and reason. ...And then you shot across my sky like a meteor. Suddenly everything was on fire; there was brilliancy, there was beauty. When you were gone, when the meteor had fallen over the horizon, everything went black. Nothing had changed, but my eyes were blinded by the light. I couldn’t see the stars anymore. And there was no more reason, for anything."

~ Edward Cullen

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Review: The Hidden Staircase

Title: The Hidden Staircase
Author:  Carolyn Keene
Pages: 182
Challenges: Classic Children's Books, Mystery and Crime
Rating: 5/5

Summary from Goodreads:

Teenage detective Nancy Drew uses her courage and powers of deduction to solve the mysterious happenings in an old stone mansion.

Oh, what can I say about The Hidden Staircase.  It really is Nancy Drew at her finest.  This was always one of my favorites growing up, and I'm happy to stay it still is.  It definitely didn't disappoint!

Nancy is contacted by her friend Helen, whose elderly relatives are experiencing a haunting at their mansion, Twin Elms.  Things are moving around, missing, and strange persons have been spotted in different rooms of the home.  The two woman are becoming more and more concerned, and hope that Nancy can give them some help.  At the same time, Nancy is visited by a man named Nathan Gomber that states that her father is in great danger.  Worried, Nancy talks to her father who assures her that Gomber is all talk and convinces her to go to Twin Elms despite her fears.

Once Nancy reaches Twin Elms, the story really takes off.  Mystery upon mystery begins to pile up, and soon clues are popping up left and right.  Two mysteries become intertwined, and the reader is in for a real adventure.  I really think Nancy grows as a character in The Hidden Staircase, and we really begin to see her come into her own.  I'm looking forward to continuing to see her grow in future books.

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