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Publisher's Note:

A high school music festival goes awry when a young prodigy disappears from the most infamous room in the Bellweather Hotel, in a whip-smart novel sparkling with dark and giddy humor Fifteen years ago, a murder-suicide in room 712 rocked the grand old Bellweather Hotel and the young bridesmaid who witnessed it, Minnie Graves. Now hundreds of high school musicians, including quiet bassoonist Rab…

Bellweather Rhapsody

by Kate Racculia

Overall Book Review:

This book was just as I had imagined it would be. No, wait…it was better than I had imagined it would be.  I haven’t read The Shining yet, but with the recent publication of Dr. SleepI have placed it somewhere near the middle of my “to-read” list. Since I have not yet read The Shining, or seen the movie, I can’t promise you this book is similar, but from what I have heard, they share similarities.

I’m not sure what endeared me to this book more: the lovely descriptions of the characters and their surroundings, the storyline, or the musical aspect. (I am not a musician myself, but music appreciation runs in my family.) There was a little bit of psychological thriller to this book, along with mystery and intrigue. A tragic event occurred years ago at a huge hotel and when a group of school-age musicians arrive at said hotel years later, things start going awry and they must decide to either band together or go their separate ways, and face the risks either way.

I always appreciate a book that is quite thick and yet I can easily read through on my day off. This book was wonderfully addictive, though I can’t quite put my finger on why. Sometimes that is the best kind of book. I am fairly certain that you too will fall in love with the Hatmaker twins and their story. As an additional bonus, not only would adults like this book, but a mature teen would relate to the story just as well or better than their elders.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  7 religious exclamations; 17 mild obscenities; 11 derogatory names; 12 scatological words; 11 anatomical terms; 10 F-Word derivatives.

Violence/Gore:  A suicide is mentioned and briefly described; domestic violence is briefly mentioned and described; a dying person with blood and gore is briefly mentioned; a character is mentioned to have been murdered; several frightening scenes are mentioned in brief; a character is mentioned to have had a heart attack

Sex/Nudity:  Minors kiss; sex is referred to; sex is implied several times with no nudity or explicit detail; an extramarital affair is mentioned, a character is mentioned to be gay.

Mature Subject Matter:

Partying, death, domestic violence, suicide, spirits/supernatural, social conflicts (a character is mentioned to be gay).

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Adults and minors drink casually; smoking dope is mentioned; minors are mentioned to smoke a joint.

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About the Reviewer

Books and reading have always been an important part of my life. When I was very young, my grandma was the library director at our local public library. Years later, after she had retired, I became a librarian at the same library and worked there for several years before taking a part-time job at a local coffee shop, which gives me more time to do what I love, to read and to review books! A few of my favorite authors are Aimee Bender, Diane Chamberlain, and Curtis Sittenfeld however, I will read almost any book I come across! In my spare time you can find me reading (of course), volunteering at a wildlife animal rehab, or hanging out with my two house rabbits.