One night, as the trio practice Parkour on a newly constructed condo building, they witness what looks to be a murder. Allie becomes obsessed with finding out the truth but this quest ultimately turns her life upside down and puts she and her family in real danger.
I listened to the audiobook of What We Saw at Night by Jacquelyn Mitchard and I "consumed" it faster than I usually can with audiobooks because it was so exciting. Rebecca Gibble, the narrator of the audiobook had a nice young-sounding voice lending credibility to the teen focus of the story. At first I was wrapped up in learning about XP and about Parkour and found both to be fascinating. As the plot thickened I found some of the details too odd or out-there to be believable so it lost a bit of credibility with me. It is also clearly the 1st book in a series and the reader is left dangling, obviously setting us up for book number two. My daughter read the book before me and she too found it extremely exciting and also frustrating because of the ending.
That said, I think that this book has a place in a high school library where kids are always casting about for good mysteries and enjoy reading books that are part of series. This book also has a shot of winning attention as an award book for the Schneider Family Book Award, given to books that highlight teens living with disabilities. The information on Xeroderma Pigmentosum is so interesting. I want to learn more.
30 books this Summer Reading Challenge
18 / 30 books. 60% done!