Hanging by a Thread by Sophie Littlefield

Posted 13 September, 2012 by Danny in Blog, Danny, Danny's Book Review, Featured / 36 Comments

Hanging by a Thread

Genre: YA , Mystery, Paranormal elements
Expected publication: September 11th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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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.

Bewitched Rating

Bottom Line

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!


Additional Info

Sophie Littlefield is an incredible writer, she is author a lot of series I am sure you are familiar with!
I do have “Banished” and “Aftertime” but for some reason I haven’t read them yet. Did you read books from Sophie Littlefiled? I meet her at BEA 2010 and she was such a lovely person! I truly need to read more from her!
Banished Unforsaken
Much Love,
Obsessive Reader by Night – Scientist at Day!
You can also find me on goodreads. I’d love to get to know you so, don’t be shy and say Hello!

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36 Responses to “Hanging by a Thread by Sophie Littlefield”

  1. AH

    I really enjoyed Sophie Littlefield’s Aftertime series. It’s very different from Hanging by a Thread. Hanging by a Thread is slower and geared towards the young adult reader.

  2. It drives me crazy when characters never reveal their secrets to anyone as well Danny! It causes me so much stress to know something they refuse to tell anyone else, and I just want to reach in the book and whisper the secret in their closest friends or their love interest’s ear so I’m not burdened with it alone anymore. SO glad Clare shares with Jake! Even with that positive, I’m not sure I’m going to rush to read this one, I’ll wait to pick up the books you give a 4 and higher:)

    • I know I know!! It makes me furious and I’m most of the times just don’t get it!! Why the heck woudn’t you tell ANYONE!! Like.. at least one single person?

      Yeah, the 4 star books are the ones that rock my socks. This was a nice read but nothing that got me super excited about it.. There are tons of other books I need you to read first so that we can talk about it 🙂
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  3. Oohh an eccentric MC and a murder mystery? That sounds fan-flipping-tastic! xD But I am bummed that the romance was lagging though. >.<
    Thanks for the review Danny! ^__^

  4. Clare sounds like an interesting character. I love the vintage clothing aspect. It is disappointing to hear that the plot isn’t really fleshed out, as that’s also important to me in a book. I am interested in Clare’s character, however, and am looking forward to that!
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  5. I have to admit that I’ve been quite unsure so far about this book… I’m definitely glad you enjoyed it and your lovely review made me a bit more curious about it, but nonetheless I think that I won’t be reading this anytime soon. Even though I’d love to get to know Clare – she sounds like an awesome protagonist. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!
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