The Silver Suitcase by Terrie Todd
Most teenagers love to write their thoughts in a diary. Their secret desires, high school crushes, heartbreaks, wedding dreams, etc. They write them never thinking anyone would ever read them.
This is exactly what happens to Cornelia (aka Corrie). Years after she’s put her pen to paper and after her death, her granddaughter Benita finds these diaries inside a silver suitcase.
And Cornelia’s shocking secret is unleashed.
It’s a secret she kept even from her daughter, but one that haunted Cornelia all her life. However, her written words bring comfort to Benita, helping her find healing and peace in her current crisis.
First of all, I have to say I love the cover of The Silver Suitcase! It’s beautiful and inviting. I believe that a cover can truly make or break whether or not someone picks up a book, and this one definitely gets top marks.
I also enjoyed the characters in Ms. Todd’s debut novel. I loved Corrie’s spunk and Benita’s determination even though there were times she irritated me. That’s a great sign of a well-rounded character!
The plot kept me intrigued and turning the pages. However, I did find the format at the beginning a bit confusing. Jumping from generation to generation was a little difficult to get used to but once I did, I was fine (didn’t take me that long!).
The most intriguing part of this novel for me was the epilogue. I loved how Ms. Todd tied up the lost diary pages. That’s all I’m saying. Don’t want to spoil it for you.
Even though this is probably not normally a type of story I would pick up (I’m a mystery girl), I enjoyed it. It was refreshing and an awesome read. Great debut novel, Ms. Todd. Looking forward to your next one.
I give The Silver Suitcase four diary locks. It’s one journal you will want to unlock.
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