About That Night
by McClintock, Norah

Right before Jordie plans to break up with her boyfriend Derek for bad-boy Ronan, Derek disappears, and Jordie must uncover the truth before she is pinned for the crime.

Canadian mystery-writer McClintock delivers a tight-knit and compelling tale of two deaths in one night: Elise Diehl, a beloved former schoolteacher suffering from Alzheimer's who dies from exposure, and Derek Maugham, a popular high-school hockey player who had just fought with his beautiful girlfriend, Jordie. The prime suspect in Derek's murder is Ronan, Jordie's ex-boyfriend, a secretive young man with anger issues, who Jordie still loves, but the discerning eye will catch holes in other characters' alibis and motivations as well. McClintock avoids the usual patterns of murder mysteries, relying on detailed and believable characterizations that round out the plentiful plot twists. When she does employ a frequently used device, the characters often comment on it ironically, bringing the reader into the joke. Mystery fans will appreciate the thoughtful plotting, the complex characters, and an ambiguous ending that guarantees readers will be mulling over the story long after they finish. Of special note are the descriptions of landscape and weather: cold, forbidding, and characters in themselves, with their own secrets and dangers. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

The discovery of two bodies yields numerous suspects.With its unspecified setting, this Canadian import could take place in almost any snowy small town in North America. One night during the Christmas holiday, a police lieutenant's wife suffering from early-onset Alzheimer's disappears and is later found frozen and dead. This unfortunate event is soon overshadowed by an even greater tragedy that same evening: the unexpected murder of high school student Derek Maugham. When it's discovered that his girlfriend, Jordie, was possibly the last to see him alive—and after a dispute no less—she becomes one of the main suspects. An omniscient narrator focuses on the clues and motives rather than characterization as Jordie (as well as the police) tries to find the real killer. And as she pieces together the whereabouts of her missing bracelet that's related to the case, she discovers that she's not the only one with secrets to hide—about both deaths. The teens don't a lways sound their age ("how can anything be an anniversary after only one-sixth of an annum?"), but their mature speech, combined with plenty of adult characters, makes this a great crossover novel. The present-tense narration helps keep the mystery taut with concise pacing. A classic whodunit. (Mystery. 13 & up) Copyright Kirkus 2014 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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