Judy Blundell is the National Book Award winner of What I Saw and How I Lied.
Strings Attached is a dark, edgy, and fascinating read that will pull you right into the shady nightclubs and city life of the early 1950's. Blundell is an excellent writer; she slowly peels back the layers of Kit's life to make the reader clearly see her family's history with Billy's father, the danger involved, the truths that Kit's father and aunt tried to cover up, and what it means for Kit now. Blundell tells this story by moving back and forth between the present and past, giving the reader a comprehensive look at where Kit has come from, the true nature of her tempestuous relationship with Billy and Billy's father, and her struggle to live the life she dreams of having despite her precarious social position and temporary jobs. There are plenty of smart, brave characters in this book, most notably Hank, Kit's neighbor in New York, and the mystery is full of clever twists and surprising turns, with a brilliant, tense, and tragic conclusion that brings everything together perfectly. This smart, incisive, and gripping story about searching for the truth and the consequences of finding it is addictive and a definite must-read.
Cover Comments: I love the glamour and the darkness of this cover! The shadows and the light provide excellent contrast--just perfect!
ARC picked up at GLIBA.