One Major Detail by Bianca Meske (Review by Sarah Engel)

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Rating: 4.0/5.0 stars

When Emma wakes up in the hospital after an accident, she has no memory of the people surrounding her bedside, the events that put her there, not even her own name.  So begins the journey of her recovery.  She can only rely on the accounts of her family and friends to fill in the holes of her memory and her intuition is telling her that everybody is hiding something.

   Told mostly from Emma’s viewpoint, the story begins with a mystery and keeps the reader engaged and guessing throughout the novel.  Hints of the paranormal emerge as Emma struggles to distinguish between reality and lies while trying to reclaim her previous life.

   Written by 16 year old Bianca Meske and published in January 2019, One Major Detail is an impressive debut novel from a young author.  The plot is engaging and the concept is intriguing.  I enjoyed trying to guess who or what had contributed to Emma’s accident, who was deceiving her versus who was being truthful. However, the sentence structure and descriptive language is distracting .  The point of view switches between first and third person at times which is confusing until later in the novel when the reasoning behind this is learned.  Some of the language is flowery with a lot of adjectives when a shorter, more concise sentence would suffice and ultimately allow the story to flow more smoothly.

   Ultimately, I am very impressed with the storyline considering the young age of the author.  I was drawn into the story from page one and wanted to keep reading in order to find out what secrets were being kept from Emma and why.  I would recommend this young adult novel to readers who enjoy a good mystery and believe Meske will only get better as she matures as a writer

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