I haven’t read a children’s book in ages! Well, a book that’s fiction anyways. I was really intrigued by this book, as it has a beautiful cover and an amazing synopsis! So here’s my review of Jessica Lawson’s Nooks and Crannies.
Sweet, shy Tabitha Crum, the neglected only child of two parents straight out of a Roald Dahl book, doesn’t have a friend in the world—except for her pet mouse, Pemberley, whom she loves dearly. But on the day she receives one of six invitations to the country estate of wealthy Countess Camilla DeMoss, her life changes forever.
Upon the children’s arrival at the sprawling, possibly haunted mansion, it turns out the countess has a very big secret—one that will change their lives forever.
Then the children beginning disappearing, one by one. So Tabitha takes a cue from her favorite detective novels and, with Pemberley by her side, attempts to solve the case and rescue the other children…who just might be her first real friends.
This was such a fun book! I don’t judge children’s books too hard, as they are for children and not for adults, but this book is a great book for nearly all ages. Which surprised me.
At first I didn’t like the main character nor the story. I thought I knew what was going to happen, I thought I knew how Tabitha was as a person, I thought I knew everything about the book from the first two chapters. But I was wrong.
I thought this would be an obvious “let’s-see-who’s-the-secret-heir!” story that was straight forwards and nothing too exciting.
This book has murder, intrigue, friendship, finding the true meaning of family (which doesn’t always mean that your parents are good people and deserving of you!), ghosts, history, secret passages and cats. Lots and lots of cats. Named after British royals.
This was a really quick read, and I really think this would be a great book for any child or adult in your life. I absolutely flew through this book, it was so fun and I struggled to put it down to live in the real world. Honestly, I don’t have a bad word to say about this book, and I’m really looking forward to read more books written by Jessica Lawson!