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Summer 1977. The Blyton Summer Detective Club (of Blyton Hills, a small mining town in Oregon's Zoinx River Valley) solved their final mystery and unmasked the elusive Sleepy Lake monster - another low-life fortune hunter trying to get his dirty hands on the legendary riches hidden in Deboën Mansion. And he would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for those meddling kids.
In 1990, the former detectives have grown up and apart, each haunted by disturbing memories of their final night in the old haunted house. There are too many strange, half-remembered encounters and events that cannot be dismissed or explained away by a guy in a mask. And Andy, the once intrepid tomboy now wanted in two states, is tired of running from her demons. She needs answers. To find them she will need Kerri, the onetime kid genius and budding biologist, now drinking her ghosts away in New York with Tim, an excitable Weimaraner descended from the original canine member of the club. They will also have to get Nate, the horror nerd currently residing in an asylum in Arkham, Massachusetts. Luckily Nate has not lost contact with Peter, the handsome jock turned movie star who was once their team leader...which is remarkable, considering Peter has been dead for years.
The time has come to get the team back together, face their fears, and find out what actually happened all those years ago at Sleepy Lake. It's their only chance to end the nightmares and, perhaps, save the world.
A nostalgic and subversive trip rife with sly nods to H. P. Lovecraft and pop culture, Edgar Cantero's Meddling Kids is a strikingly original and dazzling reminder of the fun and adventure we can discover at the heart of our favorite stories, no matter how old we get.
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By woobwoobwoob on 08-09-17
Narration and writing hard to follow
Is there anything you would change about this book?
I'd definitely lengthen some of the pauses in the narration when switching between different groups of characters, and maybe try to give each character more distinct voices. I'd probably also add more significant Chapter breaks - without them, it feels like a very long short story.
Would you ever listen to anything by Edgar Cantero again?
Maybe. The writing was a bit over-dramatic for my tastes at times, reading a bit more like an angsty teen novel than I expected.
Which character – as performed by Kyla Garcia – was your favorite?
Joey Crantz; I felt like the narrator Kyla made this guy stand out from the other characters in terms of mannerisms and voice.
Maybe it was the writing, but the main characters kind of blended together in the way that shared protagonists sometimes do - they all had very different backstories, but I feel like it was harder to differentiate them based on their actions in the story once they got together.
Any additional comments?
The book was interesting enough, with a decent plotline that kept me reading until the end. However, it was oddly hard to follow as an audiobook, and I found that I had to go back and listen to several segments to figure out the current setting. The narration and writing tended to jump between different groups of characters and locations without much warning,
There were also several jokes or sayings which didn't make sense at first listen.
Perhaps the book is easier to understand when reading rather than listening.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Katey on 09-07-17
What was most disappointing about Edgar Cantero’s story?
The premise was promising but did not deliver at all.
Any additional comments?
Read more like a YA novel. The writing was too over the top for me and at times a little ridiculous. I wasn't a fan of the dialogue.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful