Generally speaking, I did enjoy reading this book, and the exciting plot kept my eyes glued to the pages. I liked how the story had more than one thing going, that eventually tied together to give the ending. The book starts with introducing a few of the main characters, including Tom LeFave, the narrator. Tom would often volunteer at the police department, where his best friend’s dad worked, Officer Murphy. Tom soon meets Kathleen Smith, more commonly known as Kat, who he grows very fond of. Tom has lived by the river all his life, so he’s well informed of its rum-running history, which Kat was especially interested in. Tom’s father was acting very suspicious, and wouldn’t let him anywhere near the shed. Dominick Oleg, the captain of the football team and the son of the richest man on Boblo Island, had invited Kat to his party. She attended the party with Tom by her side. She asked Tom to look around Oleg’s house for clues, on how Dominick was making so much money, while she distracted him. He didn’t find much. After they left the party, in the pouring rain they heard a boat go off into the river, they followed. As you get to the end of the book the pieces start to fall together. I liked how the characters had very clear and emphasized traits that you could see throughout the book. My only complaint is that the ending seemed a little rushed. Not that the writer didn’t wrap up all the loose ends, it just seemed like she could have elaborated more on certain things. The conflict shown between Dominick and Tom was something you would see in everyday life, which is a sad but true fact, and I think the way Tom handled the situation by standing up for himself was something to learn from. Tom is someone, that I think, would influence readers in a positive way.
(Reviewed by Nimrit for the Cloverdale Teen Book Review Project.)
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