A Gathering Light

(2 reviews with an average rating of 5 out of 5)

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books

A young girl, Mattie, is entrusted by a female guest at the hotel where she works with some letters and instructed to burn them. The next day the woman, Grace Brown, is found drowned: murdered. What should Mattie do now?

Interwoven with this true-life crime story is the equally compelling tale of Mattie's growth to maturity, as she struggles, against a backdrop of harsh farm life - beautifully evoked - and adolescent longings to achieve her ambition of attending university in New York.

Mattie is a beautifully-realised and highly engaging character, and Jennifer Donnelly has created an absorbing story, part mystery/part coming-of-age novel, which will hold the reader's attention to the last.

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