A Reader posted a review at 2009-11-12 06:38:34.
The book itself intrigued me at first because of a combination of the plot outline and the first few pages. It reminds me of The Incident of the Dog in the Night-time because the way the idea of child detectives is approached completely destroys any pre-conceptions you have of the way the story will be written and developed.
I read this book for fun, but I felt that the plot took a backseat and character development and exploration came first. This tended to get frustrating and slightly dull due to the length of the novel, and this got even more frustrating when there was virtually no development of discovering what happened to Robin apart from Danny Ratliff being the suspect - this is hard to believe and sustain, even if the accuser is an eleven year old girl. Danny as the suspect forms a big part of the plot and it doesn't really flow concerning his reason for the involvement in the first place.
However, the characters are explored beautifully and the description of them and the scenes taking place couldn't be written more fluently.
Loved it, though I wish the history of Robin's demise was explored more fully!