September 28, 2019

DNF Review: Now Entering Addamsville

Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia
Grade: DNF
Release date: October 1, 2019
An e-galley was provided by HarperCollins via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: Zora Novak has been framed.

When someone burns down the home of the school janitor and he dies in the blaze, everyone in Addamsville, Indiana, points a finger at Zora. Never mind that Zora has been on the straight and narrow since her father was thrown in jail. With everyone looking for evidence against her, her only choice is to uncover the identity of the real killer. There’s one big problem—Zora has no leads. No one does. Addamsville has a history of tragedy, and thirty years ago a similar string of fires left several townspeople dead. The arsonist was never caught.

Now, Zora must team up with her cousin Artemis—an annoying self-proclaimed Addamsville historian—to clear her name. But with a popular ghost-hunting television show riling up the townspeople, almost no support from her family and friends, and rumors spinning out of control, things aren’t looking good. Zora will have to read between the lines of Addamsville’s ghost stories before she becomes one herself.

When did I stop reading?: Like 3 chapters into my e-galley?
The Review: I LOVE Eliza and Her Monsters, and this book had Francesca Zappia's distinctive narrative voice, but I was so not vibing with the plot and main character, so, alas, I DNFed.

The Verdict: Might have been a case of "It's not you, it's me," or "Wrong time, wrong place." If you like small town stories and a hint of fablism, you might like this one.

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