Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Contagion by Joanne Dahme

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Running Press Kids; 1 edition (October 5, 2010)

Summary: Rose Dugan is a young and beautiful woman living in Philadelphia in the late 19th century passionate about keeping Philadelphia’s water reservoir clean and healthy. But when Rose starts receiving threatening letters, warning her to convince her husband to shut down his plans for a water filtration system or else, things take a turn for the worse. A conspicuous murder and butting heads cause Rose to search for the culprit, the truth, and a way to keep the people of Philadelphia safe from contagion in more ways than one.

Our review: Another solid historical novel I liked. There was a nice mix of mystery, suspense, secrets, some romance and eerie situations. The time period is the 19th century, the setting is Philadelphia. Rose, 18, is married and witnesses her friend's murder but she wonders if she was the intended victim. Her husband, a power hungry contractor, is the type of character readers just love to dislike. Typhoid has broken out and there is the suspicion that the water supply has been contaminated. As the story unfolds we wonder who is guilty and when Rose will be able to see her husband for who he truly is. Told in the alternating viewpoints of Rose and Sean, the author did a wonderful job of conveying their inner thoughts. Her use of language painted a lovely portrait of Philadelphia of the 19th century and the Water Works scenes were so convincing I could feel the moisture. I would recommend this novel for anyone who enjoys historical books with a well crafted mystery.

Rating: ++++

Cover comment: I love the colors, the scenery and the way the model is looking upwards in a thoughtful way. It's a different kind of cover and I appreciate it.

Book source: Star Book Tours

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