Faking It

Olde Locke Beach Mystery Series, Book 3

Young Adult - Mystery
168 Pages
Reviewed on 08/08/2016
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Faking It: Olde Locke Beach Mystery Series, Book 3 is a mystery novel for young adults and preteens written by Terri A. DeMitchell. It was high summer at Olde Locke Beach, and the tourists were out in numbers, sunbathing on the sandy beaches and playing in the Atlantic Ocean. Rachel and her friend, Will, were getting ready to meet their friends at Jefferson's Arcade for an early evening of games and pizza. Although it was really Rachel's turn to pay, she was hoping to get Will to do it instead. Her babysitting job had been cancelled, and her family's finances were in trouble. Rachel's dad was still unable to work because of his injury, and her older brother, Steve, had to handle the family lobster business on his own. Steve and his girlfriend, Carly, were also on their way to Jefferson's, but Steve was fuming over having lost a valued restaurant account. One of the part-time summer lobstermen was offering lobsters at a lower price than Steve could. He had already lost one account they had had for years. Steve was sure it was Cole Larkin, a summer lobsterman who had a bad reputation. But Steve's anger was more than just at losing that account; Cole was laying his traps on top of Steve's established ones, and he suspected the man was stealing his lobsters out of the traps.

Terri A. DeMitchell's mystery novel for young adults and preteens, Faking It, is an entertaining and fast-paced story featuring Rachel and Will, two friends aged thirteen and fourteen respectively. This is the third book in the author's Olde Locke Beach mystery series; however, the author gives her readers just enough background to allow this book to be enjoyed on its own. I loved the Olde Locke Beach setting and found myself wishing I were there to enjoy the surf and sun, and appreciated the way DeMitchell sets up the mystery her two young sleuths have to solve. This time, Rachel's family's reputation is on the line, and accompanying the two sleuths as they follow the trail of the counterfeit tens is great fun. Faking It has red herrings for readers to ponder and an authentic work day on a lobster boat for them to experience as Will and Rachel go out with her brother to bring in the family's catch. I had a grand time reading Faking It: Olde Locke Beach Mystery Series, Book 3. It's most highly recommended.

Sarah Stuart

In Faking It, Terri A. DeMitchell continues The Olde Locke Beach Mystery series that began with You Will Come Back. Faking It features Will and Rachel again, a little older, but it can easily be read as a standalone novel. Rachel’s father is unable to work after an accident so the pressure is on her older brother, Steve, to keep the family business going. Steve’s lobster pots never seem to hold the expected catch; other pots are placed too close with no respect for boundaries, lines become tangled, and pots are damaged. Could this interference be the work of Cole Larkin, and is that why he is able to cut his prices and steal Steve’s best customers? Who is behind the counterfeiting scam? Will and Rachel are determined to solve the mysteries that threaten the whole community, but will they succeed?

Faking It, the second book in the Olde Locke Beach Mystery series, is set in New England and the story centres firmly on the beach and the sea, an area and a community brought vividly to life. Terri A. DeMitchell has targeted her audience between the ages of ten and fourteen perfectly, and Faking It would be an excellent addition to any school library: well-written and intriguing. Will and Rachel could be the youngsters next door; they are so alive that they jump off the pages. They care about each other, family, and they work for money to have fun, and sometimes even that leads to trouble. Is Jason the “good guy” or somehow mixed up with their old enemy, Cole Larkin?

Ruffina Oserio

Faking It by Terri A. DeMitchell is a mystery that will have a pleasant welcome from young adult readers who enjoy this genre, and adult readers will also find it very enjoyable. In this entry, readers are re-introduced to the compelling characters featured in the Olde Locke Beach Mystery Series. Will and Rachel are in an investigation to uncover the culprits behind the circulation of counterfeit bills in their resort town. Will they take a different route in their investigation or will they follow the suspicions of the townsfolk?

Will, Rachel, Cole, and Steve are among the relatable characters featured in this exciting story. Terri A. DeMitchell shows great skill in sculpting her characters, and readers will love the creativity of the two protagonists. I enjoyed how the theme of friendship develops throughout the story, and young readers will understand that friendship creates a space where they can explore their gifts, become more confident, and learn to work as a team. Will and Rachel complement each other in ways one couldn’t have imagined and they show great creativity, which is inspiring. The writing is beautiful and very accessible to young readers. The plot is good as well, and it has the kinds of surprises that are exciting and entertaining.

I am not a fan of YA, but Faking It, which I picked up out of curiosity, has created an impact that will certainly make me look forward to more. Apart from her skill in creating compelling characters, DeMitchell knows how to make readers remember the sense of adventure which belongs to the teen world. Entertaining and inspiring, this is an enjoyable and exciting read, one I’d recommend to both young adult and older readers.