Genres: Middle Grade, Mystery
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on January 2, 2018
Format: Audiobook, Hardcover
Narrator: Sophie Amoss
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Illustrator: Chloe Bristol
An enchanting urban fantasy middle-grade debut―the first book in a trilogy―set in a magical hotel full of secrets.
Orphan Elizabeth Somers’s malevolent aunt and uncle ship her off to the ominous Winterhouse Hotel, owned by the peculiar Norbridge Falls. Upon arrival, Elizabeth quickly discovers that Winterhouse has many charms―most notably its massive library. It’s not long before she locates a magical book of puzzles that will unlock a mystery involving Norbridge and his sinister family. But the deeper she delves into the hotel’s secrets, the more Elizabeth starts to realize that she is somehow connected to Winterhouse. As fate would have it, Elizabeth is the only person who can break the hotel’s curse and solve the mystery. But will it be at the cost of losing the people she has come to care for, and even Winterhouse itself?
Mystery, adventure, and beautiful writing combine in this exciting debut richly set in a hotel full of secrets.
Here is what I thought
Winterhouse was such a fun mystery read that I think adults and young readers alike can enjoy!
Elizabeth isn’t really sure why her Aunt and Uncle are sending her to Winterhouse. She overheard some conversation about someone paying for her to go and them a vacation. They didn’t seem to question it and didn’t mind just sending her to some strange house.
While there she meets a boy who is also there by himself and some other interesting characters. She loves the library where she finds a unique book that was written for children telling them how to do certain things. She then gets wrapped up in a mystery because she notices that the owner of Winterhouse keeps going to the library trying to find a certain book, then a married couple staying there wants her to find information about the owner and she realizes they are looking for a book too. Elizabeth also realizes after talking to the owner than she has the book they all want, but she also realizes it is a special book trying to give her a secret keyword she needs to figure out a hidden secret.
I really liked Elizabeth and Freddy, they were both fun characters. Winterhouse sounds like a very cool and creepy place to stay as well, full of secrets that are great for someone like Elizabeth who loves to solve puzzles.
The book contains puzzles that Elizabeth and Freddy are trying to solve and some really great illustrations created by Chloe Bristol!
I think it was an interesting enough story that adults can enjoy it and a great mystery for young readers. So if you have a mystery lover or want to try and get your kid into mysteries then I would recommend this book to you! I have the next one on audio and can’t wait to give it a listen!
This is read by Sophie Amoss and it’s my first time listening to her narration but I thought she did an excellent job. She has a great voice for younger books so that she doesn’t sound to old but she didn’t sound to much like a kid either.
The audiobook would be best followed along with the actual book or I think some of the puzzles might sound sort of strange just listening to them. It can be listened too as I did it but it was very weird when the puzzles came up.
Audio rating: 4