Thursday, March 17, 2011

Book review: Gatekeeper

It's been very rainy here in Seattle lately, so we've been stuck inside quite a bit.  Fortunately (as you may have noticed), I've been doing lots of book reviews, so I'm staying entertained! Most of the books I review are either ones I receive the from the publishers or ones I pick up at the library. But when I heard from a friend about Gatekeeper, a novel by Ruth Crews, I went online to check out the description, and it soon made its way into my shopping cart. Here's a bit about it, from its Amazon page:
The truth is not always what you think it is. English major Anna Merritt is studying abroad at Oxford, hoping to discover her life's purpose, when she befriends two freshers: Nicholas Diggs, whose businessman father has indoctrinated him that function equals value, and gregarious Edmund Mitchell. Dr. Barney, Anna's eccentric tutor, encourages her to trust her perceptions about literature and life. One day, Dr. Barney warns Anna that Nicholas is in danger...then disappears. His instructions lead to a mysterious guide, a post-term European tour, and a shocking secret that Anna must choose whether or not to reveal to a friend. A poignant coming-of-age journey with a twist of mystery.

When Gatekeeper arrived, I picked it up to browse. Big mistake, because I got drawn into the story quickly and didn't want to put it down again! Thankfully my kids decided to go to bed on time, so I was able to get back to it soon. I really enjoyed this book. The characters are well-written and fun, reminding me of my own friends in college and grad school. The author's descriptions of Oxford, Prague, Berlin and Paris are so full of wonderful little details that you feel like you're wandering around and soaking in culture alongside the three main characters.

The plot of the book moves quickly, with a nice mystery to be solved. I love the fact that the author wraps up the main mystery in the book, but also leaves the door open for the next two books. I can't wait to spend more time with these characters. I would recommend this book for anyone who loves a nice (non-gory, non-violent) mystery novel, and those with a love of England and Europe will especially enjoy it! This is a purchase that I'm glad that I made.

Disclosure: I received no product and no compensation for this post- just writing about a purchase that I made and that I really enjoyed!