The daughter of a bestselling mystery author turns to her favorite literary sleuths for inspiration to find her missing father.
A few days before winter break of her senior year, 17-year-old Imogene Scott's father, a medical mystery writer (think Robin Cook meets Patricia Cornwell), leaves in the middle of the night and doesn't return home. While her therapist stepmother wants the police to go public with the news, Imogene secretly believes he's gone looking for her birth mother, who abandoned the family when she was a baby. With just a couple of clues and a lifetime of investigative skills she's memorized from reading her father's books and classic mysteries, Imogene goes on a hunt to find both her long-lost mother and her now-gone father. Refreshingly direct and unapologetic, Imogene is far from a stereotypical people-pleasing, boy-obsessed teen girl. She's intelligent and courageous and has no patience for foolishness, even though she nurses an unrequited crush on her best friend’s older brother. She's not always easy to like, but she's captivating as she delves into the murky waters of her dysfunctional family tree. Imogene's fiercely determined to arm herself with the spirits of Lisbeth Salander, Annika Bengtzon, Sherlock Holmes, and her father's own protagonist, Miles Faye, to figure out her life's greatest mystery: the truth about her parents. Although there's a sprinkling of romantic tension and an authentically portrayed best friendship, the author smartly focuses on Imogene's journey of self-discovery.
This heartfelt and page-turning debut introduces readers to a whip-smart and wise heroine. (Mystery. 13-18)