Acceleration by Graham McNamee Review

acGenre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller

Plot According to Goodreads: It’s a hot summer and in the depths of the Toronto Transit Authority’s lost and found, 17-year-old Duncan is cataloging misplaced belongings. And between Jacob, the cranky old man who runs the place, and the endless dusty boxes overflowing with stuff no one will ever claim, Duncan has just about had enough. Then he finds a little leather book filled with the dark and dirty secrets of a twisted mind, a serial killer stalking his prey in the subway. And Duncan can’t stop reading. What would you do with a book like that? How far would you go to catch a madman?

My Thoughts: The plot of this book was very intriguing to me. I grabbed it off of my shelf because it’s a shorter read (240 pages) and it seemed like something that would be easy to get into. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

The Good:

  • The plot was very enticing…the serial killer angle is interesting and terrifying.
  • The story reminded me of an old-school mystery. It almost felt like an updated, grittier version of one of my Nancy Drew stories from back in the day. Duncan, the main character is a great amateur detective.
  • There are definitely some thrilling scenes in the book that caused my heart rate to go up.
  • The story is short but I didn’t feel like it wasn’t enough. The author must have been a good editor because it seemed like the perfect length for the story. It’s also a standalone novel, which seems to be rare in young adult fiction lately.

What I didn’t Like:

  • I felt disconnected from the characters. I liked the characters but I didn’t feel like I knew them.
  • There were some definite unrealistic parts to the book.

My Rating: 4/5 stars.

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