The Compulsive Reader: Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten

In the two years since her older sister Nina disappeared, Ellie Wrigley has been plagued with unanswered questions: why would Nina leave? Where is she now? Is she even alive? Everyone has given up on Nina, but Ellie can't let go. So when she finds a drawing, obviously done by Nina, in a thrift store, she commences a crazy, quirky cross-country journey in pursuit of Nina, following the clues she left behind with a most amazing guy she barely knows. But as Ellie gets closer and closer to Nina, she'll find that the truth about her vanishing may be more astonishing than she ever imagined.

Lynn Weingarten has written a delightful, witty, zany, and heartfelt novel. Ellie is a very grounded and authentic character, and her pain at her sister's disappearance is very tangible. The book is peppered with clever clues that aren't too obvious and the book flows easily, bouncing around from one clue to the next, though it never feels like the story revolves around just those clues. Ellie's journey is about much more than just finding her sister: it's about love and grief and relationships and growing up as well. The mystery is solid and well devised and will keep you guessing up until the end, when a shocking twist is revealed that will make you want to reread the book to reexamine the clues and character motivations from an entirely new angle. Weingarten has a catchy, unforgettable style that varies easily from insightful and serious to wacky and hilarious and will make you laugh and think at the same time. Wherever Nina Lies is an entertaining and wonderfully written novel that will have you hooked right away.

Cover Comments: I love the style of the cover with the road map as a background, and the letter cut outs that make up the title. I think it's a really cool look and fits the mystery in the book well. I am not fond of the model on the cover though. She looks nothing like Ellie, and I don't really like how she's posed with her finger over her mouth, but this is a really good cover nonetheless!


Donna Gambale said...

Excellent review. I hadn't heard of this one, but I'm adding it to my TBR.

Anonymous said...

I was wondering what this book was all about! thanks for the review!


lisa and laura said...

Wow, this book looks amazing! I can't believe I've never heard of it.

Aik said...

Thanks for the review!

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Shambhavi Rai said...

I finished reading the book like two days ago. It kept me on my heals the whole time. I was supposed to start The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner, and me being tobsessed, and abandoning Bree for Nina is doing something..!! ;)
I loved Ellie throughout the book. At one point, I was under the impression if maybe she was suffering with some brain problem, when she mentions that she called the police, and they talked to her mother and went off looking rather relieved, and its pointed all over the book that she resembles Nina. So maybe she made up Nina or something..!! But never did I ever begin to ponder if Sean had something to do with her disappearance...!! Kudos to Lynn..an authentically unpredictable book.unputdownable...must-read..!! :)