|Plot Summary of Search the Shadows|
When Haskell Maloney takes her premarital blood test, she finds out that she is a carrier of the Tay Sachs gene. Since neither her late mother nor the late soldier whom she always thought was her father carried this gene, she questions her true parentage. This quest leads Haskell to break off her engagement and travel to Chicago, where her mother studied at the Oriental Institute.
Luckily, Haskell studied Egyptology as her undergraduate major, so she has an excuse to pursue employment where her mother's life existed prior to her birth. She accepts an unpaid clerical job in the private collection of Victor Nazarian and carries on her investigation among former friends of her mother.
As it becomes clear that her mother was murdered, Haskell finds herself running for her life, hoping to solve the mystery of her parentage and her mother's death before it is too late.
The author's background in Egyptology and archaeology help to create vivid descriptions of various artifacts and incidents in Oriental scholarship.
This synopsis report prepared by Samantha S.
|Chapter Analysis of Search the Shadows|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 30%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- solving long-past murder
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- search for valuable art/artifacts
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Explicit sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- descript of kissing
A lot of techno jargon?
Kind of jargon?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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