Author: Michaela MacColl
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: April 23, 2013
Summary (taken from Amazon):
One day, fifteen-year-old Emily Dickinson meets a mysterious, handsome young man. Surprisingly, he doesn't seem to know who she or her family is. And even more surprisingly, he playfully refuses to divulge his name. Emily enjoys her secret flirtation with Mr. "Nobody" until he turns up dead in her family's pond. She's stricken with guilt. Only Emily can discover who this enigmatic stranger was before he's condemned to be buried in an anonymous grave. Her investigation takes her deep into town secrets, blossoming romance, and deadly danger. Exquisitely written and meticulously researched, this novel celebrates Emily Dickinson's intellect and spunk in a page-turner of a book that will excite fans of mystery, romance, and poetry alike.
Emily’s two encounters with Mr. Nobody leave such a strong impression on her that when he is found in her family’s pond; dead under mysterious circumstances, it nags at Emily as she knows that there must be more to his death. Emily’s younger sister, Vinnie, is described by Emily herself as the pretty sister, who is more studious in her chores and also more popular at school. At first it led me to think that she was going to be the “Lydia Bennett” type but boy was I wrong. Its great to see sisters get along. She ends up being Emily confidant and helps Emily in solving the mystery of Mr. Nobodys death.
On the cover there is a heading along the top that says “A NOVEL OF INTRIGUE AND ROMANCE” and well I certainly found there to be intrigue, it was lacking in the romance department. That aside, I could tell that Nobody’s Secret is a very well researched book with a mystery that will keep you guessing and hopefully readers will be able to learn more about one of the great American poets.
Rating 4 Stars
* Review copy provided by Raincoast Books