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Why I Love a Mystery

What is your favourite genre of writing? Mine is the mystery novel and I adore Anne Cassidy’s works. Never heard of her? No problem. Read on to find out all about her.

Article by Jenny L

For every mystery novel is a universally-agreeable set of ingredients, including but not limited to a detective (or two), a red herring and a solution. For me, the beauty lies in the plot, the twists and turns, the shocks and suspense as each chapter bestows upon you a shard of glass to add to a kaleidoscope of apparently disparate details. And just how do they all fit together exactly? It’s like looking through a keyhole and seeing something different every time, something shifts and changes in the conundrum. You think you’re close to the solution and then inside a few chapters, you’re back to square one.

It may not happen until the very last chapter or even the last page but, believe me, it will happen. Just watch as those bits and pieces, those snatches of conversation and that dodgy character from chapter 4 culminate and combine in a stunning and shocking finale. It’s like walking backwards to get to the very heart of an enigma. To this very day, I have never guessed the mystery behind the plot and applaud authors every time in their ability to render me an awe-struck and passive witness.

My favourite sub-genre definitely has to be the amateur detective novel. I usually get lost in laborious legal lingo if the case is being pursued by a professional detective or a lawyer. How embarrassing, I know! But I believe a mystery novel should provide a source of escapism. It should just be about the journey.

Simply stated, don’t let your reader try to decode anything for themselves. That’s for your protagonist to do. I highly recommend Anne Cassidy, whose protagonists are teenage girls with their own problems and sub-plots. This verisimilitude is refreshing and helps the reader develop an emotional connection to the protagonist. If you’re looking for a more girly mystery novel that is fresh and easy-to-read, check out Anne Cassidy. Here are my favourite works by Cassidy:

Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not is my favourite novel by Cassidy and centres upon the sinister theme of child abduction. Cassidy states that she was partly inspired by the disappearance of Madeline Mccan, a story which hit the headlines in 2007. At the time of writing, Mccan’s disappearance is one without a comfortable conclusion and Cassidy successfully taps into the emotions of the many families, like the Mccans, who have not yet found their missing friends or family members.

When an infant disappears from her cot in the middle of the night, Stella discovers disturbing secrets about her mother and she begins to wonder if her mother could be at all responsible for Jade Henderson’s disappearance. With the haunting backdrop of a forest and a parallel plot spanning over several decades, Cassidy takes us on an emotional and dark mystery which is completely and utterly believable.

Love Letters

Love Letters was the first novel I read from Anne Cassidy. Here, Cassidy presents the life of an innocent and naïve 17-year old girl (think Bella Swan from the Twilight saga) who suddenly receives love letters from a secret admirer. She is flattered, of course and wonders just on earth they could be from. But in no time, the letters take a sinister turn and Vicky realises she is being stalked. And the worst thing is that she doesn’t know who he is or what he wants. A good blurb gets me every time and Love Letters packs a punch with a chilling piece, ending with the creepy line: ‘But the letters keep coming, and Vicky gets the feeling that there’s someone out there … watching.’ Late night reading of Love Letters urged me to check that no one was watching the house at regular intervals. It was that effective.

If you’re looking for something genuinely scary and terrifying, check out ‘The Dead House’. What about something political? Cassidy’s latest saga, ‘The Murder Notebooks’ should excite you. You’re going to have to find out, aren’t you?

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