Book Review : Following Christopher Creed
This is one of those rare instances where the sequel lives up to the standard of the first book. Written by Carol Plum-Ucci, Following Christopher Creed tells the story of what happens four years after the events in The Body of Christopher Creed, in which the weird kid in the town of Steepleton suddenly disappeared without a trace. Now, Mike Mavic, a budding journalist, visits the town after hearing about the recent discovery of a dead body. He hopes to write a story on whatever happened to Christopher Creed. However he gets much more than he bargained for as he runs into the town’s inhabitants, who still house the same streak of cruelty as they did four years ago.
As Mike digs deeper into the town’s unsolved mysteries, he realizes the town is suffering from being the center of what he calls “bad frequency.” The last book left readers on what seemed to be a cold case, and this novel provides most of the answers in the tricky narration, a style unique to Plum-Ucci. The clues are so subtly hidden in coincidences here and there, skillfully weaved in—never sidetracking the reader. It is an interesting different perspective on the beloved characters from the first book. Fans of Christopher Creed will appreciate the compelling plot and the author’s honesty in the truth about human nature in this hard-to-put-down sequel.
Genre: Mystery, Realistic Fiction
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