My Life Before Me — Norah McClintock

11 Mar



Publisher: Orca Books
Released: September 29th, 2015
Genre: YA
Source: Ebook review copy from publisher


Nothing worth fighting for comes easy.

Cady has always wanted to be a reporter, like her hero Nellie Bly, so after a fire burns down the orphanage she lives in, she’s ready to leave small-town Ontario and make her mark as a newspaperwoman. A crumbling newspaper clipping leads her to Orrenstown, Indiana, where her investigation into a long-ago murder earns her a hard lesson in race relations. Smart and determined, and more than a little headstrong, Cady pokes a stick into a wasp’s nest of lies, dirty politics, corrupt law enforcement and racial tension—and ends up fearing for her life as she closes in on something she’s never cared about before—the truth about her own origins.

From Goodreads


Sassy. That’s the first word that comes to mind when I think of Cady. Quickly followed by determined. She’s a character who knew what she wanted and did her best to go after it, regardless of the roadblocks in front of her.

I loved the tone of My Life Before Me. The writing was sharp and really made the story move at a good pace. There was a lot going on with the plot, but it didn’t feel confusing or overdone. It actually felt like following a news story!  Because of this, I think it would make an amazing movie.

As with the other books in the Secrets series, the main plot centred around the mystery of Cady’s heritage. This was one of the most intriguing of the series for me. She really had to push to find out about her parents, which meant that she really had to come to terms with the fact that she actually wanted to know, which was a shift for her.

This was my first McClintock book, but I know it won’t be my last. 🙂


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