Title- "When Did you See Her Last?" (All the Wrong Questions #2.)
Author- Lemony Snicket.
Publish date- October 2013.
Publisher- Hardie Grant Egmont.
RRP: $16.95 (AUD)
*This review may contain spoilers relating to book #1 in the All the Wrong Questions series*
(A Brief) Synopsis:
Though the beginnings of one mystery may have been solved by the young Lemony Snicket, things in Stain'd-by-the-Sea are only getting more puzzling, and if people aren't careful someone might just go missing.
Image Credit: Hardie Grant Egmont.
What I thought:
I am, practically always, sold when it comes to Lamony Snicket, and though I took a while reading the first book in this series, the second was certainly a different story. From the amusing list of questions on the back cover to the beautiful design and colour scheme of the cover and all illustrations throughout, this was an absolute win.
Instantly I was captivated and I caught onto what was happening a lot more quickly, finishing the book in just over one day, compared to the few weeks that I took with the first.
The plot was thrilling (all taking place, if I'm correct, in a single day, though it didn't feel too speedy or unbelievable- the contrary! I felt as if this could certainly happen in an obscure little town on the edge of a dried up sea) and the new characters were most intriguing. Even if they are only shown for a moment, or reoccurring as some are, from the first book, every single character has a distinct taste and attitude and though not all are likable, all are immensely captivating.
There was plenty of mystery to keep my mind at work, both when it comes to figuring out what question is the wrong question, helpfully assisted by Lemony, discovering what happened to the missing girl amidst a trail of falsities, what exactly the villain (whose name I awfully cannot remember or find note of online, which just goes to show how villianously stealthy he is) of the series has planned, not to mention a whole barrel full of refrences to well known (this is not to say I understood all of them, I note) books, the titles for you to work out and thrill over when you understand.
For those piecing together information on Lemony Snicket himself, this is the book to read- it also introduces some other familiar faces from A Series of Unfortunate Events, though they're considerably younger.
Very enjoyable. I wouldn't have minded a bit more length, but I really appreciated how things were so cleverly worked out and pondered over such a short time. It only goes to show how great Lemony Snicket is at what he does. This is a series I definitely plan to continue.
Thank you to Hardie Grant Egmont for this review copy!