#CBR12 Bingo: No Money (in fact, won in the prize raffle for the first annual CBR Bingo)
Official book description:
Fifteen years ago, a murder-suicide in room 712 rocked the grand old Bellweather Hotel and the young bridesmaid who witnessed it, Minnie Graves. Now hundreds of high school musicians have gathered at the Bellweather for the annual Statewide festival; Minnie has returned to face her demons; and a blizzard is threatening to trap them all inside. When a young prodigy disappears from infamous room 712, the search for her entwines an eccentric cast of conductors and caretakers, teenagers on the verge and adults haunted by memories.
As I mentioned above, I won a signed (!) copy of this a few years ago in the first Cannonball Bingo raffle. It’s also been favourably reviewed by a bunch of people I trust, and so it felt appropriate to read it for this year’s bingo.
Because I never seem to learn, I’m back to reviewing things I read about two months ago, and despite promising myself that I will be good and take notes while reading and especially after finishing a book, I never do. It’s not like I’m lacking in pens or notebooks (I have SO many!), I just can’t seem to find the time or energy to actually sit down and jot down my thoughts upon completing a book. So this review will be a bit of a jumble of things I remember liking in the book.
As I’m sure you can guess from the book description, this is a mystery novel featuring a large and eclectic cast of characters in an old, rather spooky hotel. There are strong personalities both among the teenage and adult cast, there are mysterious disappearances, there are unreliable narrators, strange coincidences, and unexpected connections between individuals who initially seem to have nothing whatsoever to do with one another.
Full review on my blog.
Bingo #3: Money! (Any Old Diamonds), No Money (this), Repeat (The Last Wish), I Wish… (The House in the Cerulean Sea), Violet (The Disasters)