#2: The Secret of Indigo Moon
Again, this book was a fairly quick read. I didn't think the mystery was quite as intriguing as the first book, but it eventually drew me in and I just had to keep reading! I'm enjoying all of the new friends that Eric and the Dopple sisters meet, and the tunnel maze under the houses was a great twist (pun intended!). The Christian theme was a bit stronger (without being preachy) in this book. I liked how Saskia held true to her beliefs when the others gave her a hard time. God is presented in a unique way in this series, but somehow it works.
This is a great series for resistant readers. The books are action-packed so the plot moves along pretty quickly, which is key for hooking those non-readers! Parts of the stories are a bit "dark and twisty" but I think that upper elementary and middle school students will thoroughly enjoy them. Good grief, I'm way past that age and I LOVED them!
While the first book is still my favorite (so far at least!), I still thought this was a very good read. (3.5 stars)
July 29, 2013
Good Teen Read
The Secret of Indigo Moon is the 2nd book in the Dopple Ganger Series. Erik, Sadie, and Saskia live in an orphanage and they have a knack of stumbling into mystery and danger. This time, Erik wakes in the night by a loud noise. He follows the noise to a tunnel where he sees two burglars and there, he finds a note by Olivia, the former headmistress of the orphanage, who mysteriously disappeared. The next morning, he tells Sadie and Saskia of his night-time adventure and the note. Before they could discuss it further, the headmistress calls Erik into her office and tells him not to mention Olivia ever again and to let him know that he and the twins are going to be interviewed for the newspaper. The Dopple girls and Erik are interviewed by Dorcas Platt, who is a detective. After the interview, the three snoop on the detective and they see her enter the home next door, which is owned by a reclusive rich man who was robbed the same night that Olivia disappeared. Shortly after they observe this, Sadie and Saskia overhear a chilling call that Miss Rimmer, the headmistress, made to a unknown caller. Believing that Miss Rimmer was involved with the disappearance of Olivia and the burglars, the twins and Erik decide to explore the tunnels at night. Unfortunately, the night they explore the tunnels, they happen to run into the burglars and the chaos begins. Saskia is taken unbeknownst to the burglars and Erik and Sadie must rescue her. While trying to get Saskia back, they meet the reclusive rich man next door and get caught by the burglars. However, they did manage to free Saskia from the coffin she hid in and together, the three of them manage to escape from the burglars. With the help from Dorcas Platt, who turns out to be the niece of the reclusive rich man, they are able to piece together what had happened to Olivia and who is behind the robberies. Though this graphic novel is geared for teens and middle schoolers, I found it entertaining enough for an adult to read. There is plenty of mystery and adventure to captivate even those that may not be fond of reading. If you are looking for a decent book to read that has the element of surprise and suspense to it, you may want to try the Dopple Ganger Series.
July 16, 2013
Better than First Book but Still Frightening
Kids in this second book sneak around, stay out all night, and as to be expected in a city, are in danger from creepy adults. The headmistress who is supposedly OK shows signs of manic behavior-- smiling, then screaming; she is nonetheless the least dangerous of their enemies. The illustrations are fascinating. There are scary scenes, but I think men shooting guns at kids is over the line.
I do appreciate the attempt the author made to develop the characters somewhat. He has them brood about their past, and try to deal with their feelings instead of ignoring them, as they had in the first book. The boy even shows a conscience. They still have no punishment for their rebellion and trespassing, meanness, etc. The only spiritual part is the being the girl believes is an angel. She gives good advice, if cryptic. She speaks in riddles. I suspect the kids will be pointed to salvation only in the 3rd book. Her last riddle tells them, Ã¢ÂÂFind the Man of Good-Bye Friday, and through his sorrows you will find joy.Ã¢ÂÂ HmmmmÃ¢ÂÂ¦..
July 1, 2013
lots of mystery and chases
The Secret of Indigo Moon is the second book in The DoppleGanger Chronicles Series by G.P. Taylor. Sadie, Saskia, and Erik become entangled in another dangerous mystery. Erik finds a secret tunnel in their children's home one sleepless night and lands smack dab in the middle of a robbery plot.
This book had a different feel than the first but I enjoyed it all the same. Again, we find the children in very dangerous situations with threats of impending death and doom. This book was definitely a fun little mystery and seemed a little lighter than the previous book. I was able to read it in just a few hours so it is a nice fun little read.
June 16, 2013