Welcome to my first book review of the decade! What! That is such a bizarre sentence to be able to say! I am kicking off the decade with a book that I have actually been wanting to read for about a decade, and that book is Nancy Drew, The Secret Of The Old Clock by Carolyn Keene. So, let’s do this!
Oh, I am so happy that I have finally read this book! I am not usually one for mysteries or for classics, but I have always wanted to read this book and you know what, I actually really enjoyed it!
Like so many others my age, I grew up on the Nancy Drew PC games. My sister and I were obsessed with them. The idea of a young girl solving these huge mysteries that have stumped everyone else just held so much appeal to both of us. I remember my mum telling me that Nancy Drew was actually a series of books and being so excited that I could experience more of her! unfortunately, I never got around to buying any of the books. that is until 2 weeks ago, when my sister, bless her, brought me a boxset of the first 5 books for Christmas (she is intending to steal them to read:’D). I picked up the first book straight away and I loved every second of it!
Having played the PC game that is based off of this book, I already had a little knowledge of the story and the mystery, but I was still pleasantly surprised by this book. A lot more happened in it then I was expecting, and there was actually a lot more drama then I thought that there would be! I will admit that I did think that the mystery could have done with a bit more work. It felt like it was solved a bit too easily, but considering that this is the first book in the series, it did well to set up the premise. Hopefully, as we get further into the books the mysteries will become a bit more complex (although, in fairness, some of that feeling could be because technically, this book is sort of a middle-grade, although it does read older, more like YA, in my opinion). I did enjoy that we got to witness Nancy’s determination to solve the mystery and to help those in need. I also liked that we got to see her starting to work out clues and follow her instincts.
On the other hand, I did feel like Nancy as a character, needed a bit more work. She wasn’t quite the Nancy that we know and love yet, although I am sure that that will come with time. She was just a little bit off at the moment. Not quite right, and I can’t quite put my finger on what it was that made me feel this way. she wasn’t a bad character, not by any means, but she just wasn’t quite right yet. A little underdeveloped and lacking in depth.
All in all, though, I really enjoyed this book. it was so nice to finally experience the book that started it all. I will 100% be continuing with the story and I can’t wait to read the next book
4 out of 5
And there we have it. have you read any of the Nancy Drew books? what did you think about them? have you ever played any of the games? I hope that you have enjoyed today’s post and I will see you all again very soon