Sunday, 1 April 2012

ParaglideParaglide by Peter Anthony Kelley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

(I was given this book for free by the author on a read-to-review basis.)
15-Year-old Jim and his 9-year-old sister Erica have had a difficult year. Their parents have split up, they’ve had to move from Washington D.C. to Minnesota, and they haven’t seen their father in months.

Taken to England by their mother on a trip to meet a distant cousin, the unthinkable happens and their mother disappears. The really scary thing is that she appears to have been kidnapped.

Harassed by two men in matching suits who claim to have taken their mother, Jim and Erica are told to get a message to their father within the week or their mother will be killed. It seems that their father has somehow gotten himself involved in a theft of some crown jewels, and it isn’t only these men that want to find him, as yet another man is found rifling through their room and later chasing them with a gun.

Stranded and alone the pair turn to an old friend of their mothers who they had met on the street earlier that day, and he helps them to escape from the man with the gun, and directs them to find their mother’s cousin Abby who they came to visit.

When yet another man accosts them at the train station though, and they are separated from their mother’s friend they are really on their own, and running out of ideas of where to go and how to possibly find their father. Following the only lead they have and searching for their mothers cousin just ends in another dead end, and the siblings must venture even further afield in an effort to find their father and save their mother. But with very little to go on, and nobody but themselves to confide in, will they ever be able to find their mother in time to save her life?

This was an enjoyable book. Jim and Erica were both realistic and likeable characters, and the story was just full of twists and turns. Jim is a Monty Python fan and I loved the quotes that he came out with every now and then, and Erica’s word games were really funny. There was also a very funny Harry Potter reference that I appreciated.

The storyline really was full of twists. Jim and Erica just never seemed to know who to trust from one minute to the next, and no sooner did they think they were getting somewhere when something else happened and they found themselves no further along at all.

This book was well written and the mystery kept you turning the pages. An entertaining young adult read.
7.5 out of 10

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