Saturday, June 18, 2011
The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene
What started off as a routine favor for her father, ended up with Nancy Drew having her first case. A chance encounter with a moving van and the little girl it almost hits, sets Nancy on an adventure she won't forget anytime soon. Missing wills, greedy relatives, and furniture thieves are just some of the dangers facing Nancy as she sets out to find a missing clock that holds the key to everything.
Can I say how excited I was to read my first Nancy Drew book since about the 5th grade. I devoured these book throughout the school year and I really think Nancy gets some of the credit for my lifelong love affair with mysteries.
Underneath that excitement was just a small amount of fear. I haven't read this book in 25 years so I was scared that it wouldn't live up to the memory. It wouldn't be the first time that I reread a book I loved when I was younger only to find out that I really didn't care for it as an adult. What if that were to happen now? Would I suddenly find myself ditching mysteries and take up historical romance? I shuddered at the thought then and now, it's just not pretty to think about.
On the other hand I knew it wouldn't be the same, and it wasn't. Compared to the mysteries I read now, this was pretty tame and simple. It was a fast and easy read. It wasn't bogged down in complicated plots involving more characters than you can count. Nobody was killed and despite a few scares nobody was really ever in danger. I loved it almost as much as I did in the 5th grade. It was for different reasons though. As a kid I was caught up in the mystery. I had to know where the will was hidden and that the bad guys would be punished. I wanted to know that the good relatives would get their inheritance so they could live happily eve rafter.
As an adult, this book served as a palate cleanser. It was just the thing I needed to reset my brain and get me out my more serious frame of mind. It was pure escapism. I was able to read simply for the pleasure of it. I didn't have to think about or analyze what I was reading. I didn't have to deal with emotionally complex characters that left me drained at the end. I got to read a story that was simple and fun, a story that left me happy at the end. I can't wait to do it again.
Challenges: A-Z, M&S, VM