Author: S. A. Bodeen
Publisher: Macmillan, Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: October 6th 2015
Target Audience: Young Adult
Genres: Adventure, Thriller
Length: 224 Pages
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On her way to a writer’s conference, a bestselling teenage author takes a detour that has been deliberately set up by her biggest fans—a mother and daughter who kidnap her.
Livvy Flynn is a big deal—she’s a New York Times-bestselling author whose YA fiction has sold all over the world. She’s rich, she’s famous, she’s gorgeous, and she’s full of herself.
When she’s invited to an A-list writer’s conference, she decides to accept so she can have some time to herself. She’s on a tight deadline for her next book, and she has no intention of socializing with the other industry people at the conference.
And then she hits the detour. Before she knows it, her brand new car is wrecked, she’s hurt, and she’s tied to a bed in a nondescript shack in the middle of nowhere. A woman and her apparently manic daughter have kidnapped her. And they have no intention of letting her go.
The girl with the flute stood there in the grass at the side of the road, looking down at me as she played her instrument.
“Please,” I said. “Can you help me get out of here?” I tried to unbuckle my seat belt, but my entire weight pushed down against it. I couldn’t brace myself with my bad shoulder. “I need a hand here.”
The girl kept playing her flute.
The Detour is a fast paced read that is just perfect for October. I was captivated and entertained throughout but I definitely was hoping for a bit more.
Livvy’s character is not at all likable.
Even after learning more about her history, I really had a hard time feeling sympathetic for her. You can’t not root for someone to escape when being held hostage in a basement by apparent lunatics…but still…it’s always hard for me to 100% connect with a book if i can’t connect to the main character.
For all her faults, Livvy was spunky.
And I like spunky. I loved her internal dialogues and her half-hearted escape plans and attempts. Her captors were just odd enough to keep me worried for her and there were a few moments where I really had a hard time guessing where this was all going.
I had hoped though, that Bodeen would take this to a bit deeper place.
Maybe I was spoiled by The Compound. This could have been a lot darker and I would have been a lot more invested. We didn’t really get enough of the background or motivations driving any of the characters and that definitely could have added another whole level to The Detour.
I’ve seen a few other reviews mention twists…I didn’t really find The Detour twisty enough. There was the final revelation at the end which I almost but didn’t quite guess.
View Spoiler »I loved how Bodeen dealt with the topic of plagiarism. With her nod to Stephen King’s Misery and her own main character addressing the issue of plagiarism and potential idea theft, Bodeen handily addressed a pretty weighty issue and still left me wondering where that line really should be drawn. « Hide Spoiler
This wasn’t my favorite of Bodeen’s books but it was still a worthwhile read.
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