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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Review: What We Saw by Ryan Casey

Title: What We Saw
Author: Ryan Casey
Publication: November 26, 2012
Publisher: CreateSpace
Source: Author/Publisher
Genre: Mystery/Coming of Age
Audience: 15 and up
Rating: 3 of 5 

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If you stumbled upon a shocking mystery as a child, how would you react?

What We Saw tells the story of a young boy, Liam O'Donnell, his cousin, Adam, and their experiences at their grandparents' caravan site one summer. When the disappearance of their dog leads to a terrifying discovery deep in the nearby woods, Liam and Adam are plunged into a very adult world of morals and decisions, and find themselves trapped in the dark clutches of secrecy and suspicion, far transcending mere mystery.

What We Saw is a touching and thrilling British mystery novel that will have you hooked as the plot hurtles towards a shocking conclusion.

My Thoughts: Adam and Liam are spending the summer with their grandparents. They are both facing difficult family struggles. Adam and Liam think of themselves as detectives and spend much of their time solving mysteries. This inquisitiveness leads to a shocking discovery. Adam and Liam are determined to solve the shocking mystery on their own. Will their secrecy lead them to solving this mystery or down a disastrous end?

This story began slowly for me but it gradually increased momentum as the suspense was building. The boys have to grow up quickly and make adult decisions. It was difficult to know who to trust as it seemed everyone had a secret to keep. Casey weaves an elaborate tale that builds the relationship between Adam and Liam while allowing them to grow and come to terms with their situations. 


  1. Thank you for taking the time to read my book, Ashna. I'm pleased you enjoyed it - delighted that it grew on you as it progressed!


  2. O this sounds interesting. I enjoy a good mystery read and this one sounds a little creepy which makes me curious as to what's going on. I'll be checking this one out ;) Thanks for the review!

  3. This sounds like a great book! I like books that ease you into the story and then pick up the pace to match the action in the plot. I had never heard of this book before your review but I will have to consider it now! Thanks for sharing your comments!

    Suz Reads

  4. This one seems interesting. I enjoy mystery books and never herd of this one. Can't wait to read it

  5. Sounds like a great mystery! Adding it to my wishlist

  6. Thanks for the review. I may give this one a try.
    ~Lesley D

  7. Sounds like a fun mystery! Thanks for the introduction!

  8. Sounds like a good book. Mystery and suspense in there. I suggest adding the book: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. Since you like this one, you'll love that one.

  9. Sounds like a great book. I enjoy reading mysteries and trying to guess the ending.

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  10. This sounds like a really interesting book, I love mystery but not too scary. Sounded good enough that I added it to my to-read list on Goodreads, thanks!

  11. This sounds like a great mystery book! I will have to add it to my list!

  12. It sounds like a great read! I love that you like the author's writing style as well :) Great review!

  13. This sounds really suspenseful. I don't mind a slow build-up so long as the suspense is there and the plot is good which it sounds like it is.