91quCklb8NL._SL1500_I chose Cartwheel next because it was such a departure from Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. I have to admit once I read that the story was loosely based on the Amanda Knox story I thought I wouldn’t like it, but as mysteries are wont to do, this one gripped me right away. I haven’t read much about Amanda Knox, except to know that she was originally found not guilty and then found guilty just recently. So, even though I was initially not interested, once I plunged into the book, I wanted to know what happened. It kept my interest and I cared enough to want to find out what happened. It even made me want to more about Amanda Knox and the cartwheel she did or didn’t do once in custody. A downfall of the story was that it lacked fully developed characters. I didn’t feel like I really got to know anyone well enough, even Lily herself. They were all too surface for me. It was a quick read, though, and not too deep, which sometimes is a treat.

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