In The Midnight Hour Book Summary and Study Guide

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Ballantine, Mar 2001, 23.00, 304 pp.
ISBN: 0345437454

Twelve years ago, four-year-old Timmy Cable vanished while walking alongside his father Jack on the beach. He took his eyes off his son for a few seconds and that is all it took for the kid to disappear. A happy family remained shattered as they wait for news about their missing child that never came.
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Timmy's mother Olivia believes she has seen her lost son, playing guitar for cash on the streets of Cambridge, England. Not wanting his spouse hurt again, Jack hires sleuth Laura Principal of Aardvark Investigations to learn what she can about the teenager, Liam, who remains reticent about his background. However, two incidents lead the Cables to believe they have found Timmy, leaving it up to Laura to determine the truth.

IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR is a well-crafted tale filled with unexpected twists. Most of the plot revolves around whether Liam is actually Timmy, but a subplot concerning Laura and her lover-partner adds depth to the story-line. Michelle Spring proves her gift as a storyteller by keeping the audience's attention throughout the novel even while striking at one of the worse nightmares a parent can face. Do not look for cute explanations that tie a ribbon on this suspense novel. Instead, readers will feel the increasing tension as they wonder until the very end whether Liam is Timmy and, if yes or no, what really happened on the beach that day.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   escape/rescue from kidnappers General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   20's-30's


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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