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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Threads: A Depression Era Tale by Charlotte Whitney is the story of murder, love, and survival as three sisters make a startlingly disturbing discovery on their farm and realize that things are far bleaker than they thought. The Great Depression hit everyone hard and Nellie’s family is no different. They have a humble farm that is getting by, but young Nellie believes that if they find buried treasure, all their troubles will be solved. With that in mind, 7-year-old Nellie finds a blue-black hand of a dead baby. Little did she know, this would be the start of a mystery begging to be solved and she and her sisters might be the only people to solve it. Can she, Irene and Flora find out how that baby got there on their farm and why the baby was killed?
Fast-paced and incredibly well-written, this is a story that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat and wanting more. I enjoyed how all three girls had their own chapters with very distinctive narratives; it made it easier for me to connect with them and enjoy the story more. Nellie’s narrative is so innocent yet intelligent, Irene’s is smart and very mature and Flora’s is exceptionally witty and intelligent. All three of them complement the others very well; they set the tone for the plot and kept the story going in their own unique way. The mystery of the story is well-preserved until the end. I couldn’t guess why the baby was buried and who was behind every mysterious and sinister thing that was happening to these kids. This is an entertaining story because the descriptions are incredible. I enjoyed it immensely.