My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Nellie and her family live in a small town and are having financial problems. They have a rental to help ends meet and one of the tenants is murdered. Nellie is in the house at the time with her grandfather’s hired handyman who is working in the basement.
That is the bare bones of the story without spoiling what happens. But honestly there isn’t much to spoil. Nellie is the main character and the story is slow getting started, gets a bit of a punch when the murder happens and then sputters into a slow drag. I was so disappointed at the end of the book. Notice I said end of the book, not ending. After reading through all of the boring details of Nellie’s daily happenings after the murder, the book just runs out of words.
I had read a review where someone had compared Nellie to Scout from To Kill A Mockingbird. Possibly that is what the author is tryna (the most repetitive word in the book) do, but she is far from accomplishing that.
I wish half of the words could be taken out and an actual ending provided. There is a story in there somewhere.
And where did the title come from?? I hate books that have a title that doesn’t come from the story.
Keep coloring outside the lines,