Note: I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Summary via NetGalley.com.
Charlie Parker is obsessed with KEEGAN’S POINT, the island estate of reclusive billionaire Marcus Keegan, who died the year Charlie was born. The mystery Keegan left behind—hidden rooms, twenty unexplained passports, and stories of treasures—has fascinated Charlie for years.
Twelve-year-old Charlie would give almost anything to visit the estate. He gets his chance—unwillingly—when he overhears a plot to steal something off the island.
Our “Good Bad Guy” Nick has a problem. Does he scrap the once in a lifetime chance to find the answers he seeks or take Charlie along for the ride?
Join Charlie on his adventure as he discovers just who Marcus Keegan really was, and learn the real truth behind Nick’s quest that has forced his and Charlie’s paths to collide.
This is another of my recent string of NetGalley requests. I’ve been on a kick of fun mysteries (more reviews to come soon), and Keegan’s Point was a great addition to that list.
Charlie is a young boy, obsessed with the mysterious Keegan’s Point. This abandoned mansion on an island off the coast of Florida has been sitting empty for years, and no one seems to know what really happened to the billionaire who owned it. Charlie would like nothing better than to explore Keegan’s Point, and he soon gets his chance. Unfortunately, that chance comes in the form of kidnappers who fear he has overheard too much of their plot to steal something from the mansion.
Charlie makes himself useful because of his deep knowledge of the mansion, so the kidnappers don’t kill him. This is one of the things I disliked about the book–it’s very unrealistic in the way the kidnappers treat Charlie. First of all, their reasons for kidnapping him are pretty flimsy, and if they were so afraid of Charlie revealing what he knows, why did they keep him alive? This “good bad guy” thing bothered me through the entire story and kept me from enjoying the book as much as I might have otherwise.
Still, despite this (major) problem, I enjoyed discovering the secrets of Keegan, the mysterious billionaire. I’m a big fan of abandoned buildings and uncovering lost history, and this book certainly provided that. It may not be the best book to pick up as an adult, but middle grades kids will probably enjoy it.
Rating: Good but Forgettable