Saddleback. (White Lightning Mysteries). Jun. 2023. 80p. pap. $10.95. ISBN 9781638892052.
Gr 4-7–After seeing his picture in a news story about a parade he never went to, Easton’s world gets turned upside down. He hears of his double going to the same coffee shop, hitting the same haunts he likes to visit, and even dressing like him. Doing research about doubles, Easton enlists the help of his friend Mari to try and solve the mystery. Mari, however, is skeptical. Could Easton really have a double out there? What does the double really want? The plot is engaging and well written. The characters are intriguing and draw readers into the story. Providing a Twilight Zone or Are You Afraid of the Dark? vibe, Liss adeptly creates a spine-tingling mystery. Cliff-hangers and plot twists make this book impossible to put down. The layout is dyslexic-friendly with heavy bottom fonts, letter spacing, and white space. Characters are from diverse backgrounds and play into Easton’s thinking of how impossible it would be for him to have a double. The book is written at a third grade level.
VERDICT For striving readers who enjoy horror, darker fiction, and mysteries this is a must-read. Highly recommended for most collections.

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