More death, despair, kindness and a key-like crank, too

cropped-woundabout-coverSome time ago, I wrote about coming across a slew of books with young characters whose parents were missing, dead, dying and so on. I picked up Woundabout – kind of gray in tone – with something of a sigh. Another one.

The grief and sadness is a little clingy, well done but lingering – this might be more of a November book for me – but there are also odd, keyhole-like spaces and a mysterious, valuable key-like crank, and I’m kind of a sucker for odd mechanical contraptions, so I kept on. The title might just have some clues, too. The people who live in this small, gloomy town are wounded in some way and do not want any kind of change. For things to get better (change), they might just have wind something.

Connor and Cordelia make a few friends and solve a few mysteries. It’s a very fast read, and as the grief falls away and new people come into their lives, the story speeds along to a happy conclusion. Not happy for everyone, maybe, but happy.

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