Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Review: Noah's Rainy Day by Sandra Brannan

Noah's Rainy Day by Sandra Brannan is a recent release from Greenleaf Book Group Press on September 3, 2013.

It's an interesting book with an unlikely cast member, Noah Hogarty - Liv Bergen's nephew who has severe Cerebral Palsy. I like the way that Sandra Brannan shows that he has normal thought processes. He can communicate, but it's not easy. He and his family have developed a method to spell out words and shortcuts for yes and no questions. Bur often times, other than when he is talking with his sister Emma, he gets frustrated with the alphabet method.

Noah can see into their neighbor's house from his picture window. They call his neighbor "Mr. Creepy." What he sees, he has trouble communicating clearly because Emma isn't around. And he and Emma have trouble earlier getting anyone to believe them about what is going on over there. This makes it somewhat like the movie, Rear Window. 

It's Christmas Eve, and Little Max is missing from Denver International Airport. Liv and her canine partner Beulah, along with the rest of the team must work together round the clock to try and keep this from becoming a fatality.

In addition to the mystery, there is a bit of a love triangle going on. Liv is being drawn in 2 directions at the same time. It's nice because among other things it humanizes the characters involved.

There is a little repetition in the beginning, but it gets better as the book progresses. The mystery is handled believably. Noah's presence gives it a breath of fresh air. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased opinion.