Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Something About Sophie, by Mary Kay McComas

Sophie has always known she was adopted, and never really cared to learn about her biological parents.  But when a mysterious stranger contacts her asking to meet with him to discuss her birth mother, curiosity gets the best of her.  She arrives at his bedside a little too late to hear his deathbed confession, but his will, and her role in it, pushes the curiosity even further.  Suddenly, people are being harmed, all because of the secret of Sophie's biological mother.

While this is a mystery book, it feels very untypical of the mystery genre.  Sure, the book opens with a murder, and the secret that murder is protecting, but I found myself focusing much more on the characters than the mystery.  I was really enchanted by Sophie as a character, and her desire to be, as she repeatedly states, flint.  It is clear that she is protecting herself, and anticipates emotional trauma, despite the fact that she has a fairly happy life.  I am also fascinated with the concept of motherhood that Sophie is tangling with.  Her adopted mom died, and her biological mom is such a mystery, Sophie is left without maternal guidance, like a ship without a captain.

The story itself, in terms of mystery, seemed a tiny bit slow to me.  The action was just not enough to draw me in, but luckily the characters more than made up for it.  I cared more about Sophie's personal relationships that who was behind all the nefarious deeds.  However, because I was less invested in the mystery, the revelation came as a big surprise to me, which I loved.  I do feel like the story had good resolution, in every sense, and even despite my lack of connection to parts of the plot, I still consider this a good solid book.

The book will appeal to mystery fans, particularly female mystery fans, as well as fans of psychological thrillers.

I received a review copy courtesy of TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.  See the rest of the tour here.

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