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The Hunt for the Seventh

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The Hunt for the Seventh

Thirteen-year-old Jim Brown just lost his mother. The first few months were incredibly difficult as he watched his younger sister Sal mourn and helplessly stood by while his father suffered severe depression. However, now the three of them are attempting to start over fresh. Mr. Brown gets a new job as head gardener at a fancy, historical English mansion called Minerva Estate. It includes room and board, and the family moves into the rooms allowed them at the backside of the mansion.

Jim and Sal look forward to exploring the vast gardens, including a shrub maze and the hundreds of statues, but cranky Mr. Minerva informs them right from the start that he detests children and that they are to be on their best behavior. To make things even weirder, Mr. Minerva reveals his security system, which includes cameras stationed all over the grounds, hooked up to monitors in his study. Mr. Minerva is always watching. 

But even grumpy Mr. Minerva isn’t who’s concerning Jim the most. From day one, he feels like he’s being watched, and by someone other than Mr. Minerva. Yet when he turns around, there’s no one there. He can’t help believing that someone has died on the property and that maybe her spirit lingers. Then he hears the whispers, the voice demanding that he “find the seventh.” But the seventh what? Jim’s nerves are on edge, but he can’t confide in his dad or Sal, both still being too bruised from his mother’s death. Then Jim sees a possible confidant, another boy on the property.

Jim follows the boy lurking about the grounds and confronts him. Right away, Jim realizes something is different about him and later finds out that he suffers from autism. Not knowing his name, Jim calls him Einstein because of his incredible skill with numbers. In his own special way, Einstein begins helping Jim uncover clues about the mystery at Minerva Estate. But as the time slips away closer to the summer solstice, events are building that may devastate the entire town. Will Jim solve the mystery in time?

Christine Morton-Shaw is the talented author of THE RIDDLES OF EPSILON. She now offers her second novel to the waiting world, and it will not disappoint. Morton-Shaw has a wonderful gift of building suspense that pulls the reader straight through the pages, from the end of one chapter directly into the next. She cleverly delves into the mysterious world of the spirits, mixing it with her colorful characters on the topside to weave a chillingly good tale. She also has a flair with sensory details, bringing her English country setting to life with vivid descriptions.

Filled with suspense, mystery, spine-tingling spirits, an ancient prophecy and a countdown to disaster, THE HUNT FOR THE SEVENTH will thrill one and all.

Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman on October 6, 2009

The Hunt for the Seventh
by Christine Morton-Shaw

  • Publication Date: October 6, 2009
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
  • ISBN-10: 0060728248
  • ISBN-13: 9780060728243