The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street by Lindsay Currie #BookReview

Title: The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street | Author: Lindsay Currie | Publisher: Aladdin | Pub. Date: 2017-10-10 | Pages: 304 | ISBN13: 9781481477048 | Genre: Kids Mystery Horror | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 4 out of 5


The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street

A girl unravels a centuries-old mystery after moving into a haunted house in this deliciously suspenseful mystery.

Tessa Woodward isn’t exactly thrilled to move to rainy, cold Chicago from her home in sunny Florida. But homesickness turns to icy fear when unexplainable things start happening in her new house. Things like flickering lights, mysterious drawings appearing out of nowhere, and a crackling noise she can feel in her bones.

When her little brother’s doll starts crying real tears, Tessa realizes that someone—or something—is trying to communicate with her. A secret that’s been shrouded in mystery for more than one hundred years.

With the help of three new friends, Tessa begins unraveling the mystery of what happened in the house on Shady Street—and more importantly, what it has to do with her!  – Goodreads

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The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street Review

This was a solid kids supernatural horror mystery. There were several times reading it when I was surprised at how menacing the tone of the ghost seemed to be. For a kids’ book, it actually did get fairly creepy a few times. (Though that could be because there is a ventriloquist doll in it. Aren’t they creepy naturally?)

The main character, Tessa, was a well-written young girl. She seemed real and easy to relate to in The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street. The other kids that get introduced are similarly likable, although we definitely never really get to know them. The parents, on the other hand…. I’m too much of a helicopter parent apparently, because I just could not believe any parents in this day and age would tell their kids to ‘go explore’ alone in a new city without even a cellphone on them. I know that they were supposed to be free spirited and easy going, but I just couldn’t like them. No matter how nice they seemed in The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street. (It was obvious they loved their kids, though.)

The pacing of The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street was good. Things started happening almost immediately. Tension kept ratcheting up. The dialogue was similarly well done. I loved some of the incidents that happened in the book. The thing with the painting was especially creepy. The scene in the graveyard had me a bit on edge, I’ll admit! The author is very good at creating great atmosphere.  And she does a great job, too, at laying out all the threads in an interesting manner. I found myself puzzling over some of the clues right along with Tessa.

Now, although nothing bad really happens in this book, I would tell parents to be careful. Its very well written, and gets resolved nicely, but it has scenes that could give some more impressionable kids nightmares. (Like that ventriloquist dummy!) So, just be sure your kids aren’t easy to scare before letting them pick up the book.  (Or at least don’t let them read The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street at bedtime.)

Overall, I really liked The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street. Lindsay Currie knows how to write and this was enjoyable from start to finish. I might be checking out more books from her in the future!

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