Summer is the best part of the year in Winston, California, and the Fourth of July is the highlight of the season. But the perfect town Clare remembers has changed, and everyone is praying that this summer will be different from the last two—that this year’s Fourth of July festival won’t see one of their own vanish without a trace, leaving no leads and no suspects. The media are in a frenzy predicting a third disappearance, but the town depends on tourist dollars, so the residents of Winston are trying desperately to pretend nothing’s wrong.
And they’re not the only ones hiding something.
Clare, a seamstress who redesigns vintage clothing, has been blessed—or perhaps cursed—with a gift: she can see people’s pasts when she touches their clothes. When she stumbles across a denim jacket that once belonged to Amanda Stavros, last year’s Fourth of July victim, Clare sees her perfect town begin to come apart at the seams.
In a town where appearance means everything, how deep beneath the surface will Clare dig to uncover a murderer?
I always wanted to read a book from Sophie Littlefield and this one sounded unqiue with a great mystery and a promise of love…
Clare – unique gift, unique personality
From all the aspects of this book, Clare’s personality stood out the most. I loved her clothing style, assemblies of vintage clothing with self-made adjustments. I could picture her perfect in my head! Then, there is Clare unique ability to see people’s past when touching their clothes…. Interesting gift for a girl who loves vintage clothes… However, her mom doesn’t want to know about this gift, so Clare cannot truly talk to her about this. The only one in her life is her grandma who has the same gift. Once you meet Clare’s grandma you immediately know where Clare’s unique personality came from!
Clare was eccentric, but a lovely girl with a good heart! I loved that about her, and she was easily my most favorite part about this book!
Throw in a mysterious Boy and a Mystery To solve…
..and you have the plot! The mystery was intriguing, however it didn’t kept me completely entertained. Sure, I desperately wanted to know more about the murders and if and how Clare could help solving the mystery. But, I wasn’t completely compelled by the story to be honest. Then, there was Jake – the mysterious boy next door about whom her best friend warned Clare about. But it wouldn’t be Clare if she would listen! Sadly, the romance part was missing out a lot of its potential as it rather felt like a friendship than a real moment.
What I loved was that Clare trusted Jake enough to tell him her secret! This is always something I complain about in YA novels, that they never tell anyone when they have a secret! It drives me nuts!! So I was pleasantly surprised when she decided to share her ability with Jake.
Hanging by a Threat was a great read with a wonderful eccentric heroine that positively stood out. The plot and romance didn’t compel me but kept me entertained. This book is for everyone who likes a good murder mystery combined with a heroine that we easily leave a mark in your heart!