One day, fifteen-year-old Emily Dickinson meets a mysterious, handsome young man. Surprisingly, he doesn't seem to know who she or her family is. And even more surprisingly, he playfully refuses to divulge his name. Emily enjoys her secret flirtation with Mr. "Nobody" until he turns up dead in her family's pond. She's stricken with guilt. Only Emily can discover who this enigmatic stranger was before he's condemned to be buried in an anonymous grave. Her investigation takes her deep into town secrets, blossoming romance, and deadly danger. Exquisitely written and meticulously researched, this novel celebrates Emily Dickinson's intellect and spunk in a page-turner of a book that will excite fans of mystery, romance, and poetry alike.
I loved Michaela MacColl's portayal of Emily Dickinson. She is almost a Nancy Drew-type figure and is just way too cool. She writes her clues out in verse, which was too fun. It was a fun way to envision Emily Dickinson!
Parts of the mystery weren't as developed as I would have liked, but overall, I thought it was really well done. I really had no idea who was going to be behind it and many of the pieces I only found out about as Emily did. There was no predictability to it. The suspense just builds as the story progresses.
This is a must read for those who love either historical fiction or a good mystery. The characters are all well developed and Michaela MacColl's prose is just gorgeous. This was my favorite of her books thus far, and I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next!
VERDICT: 4.5/5 Stars