Title: Something About Sophie
Author: Mary Kay McComas
Release Date: March 26, 2013
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Rating: 3 out of 5
Sophie Shepard’s parents have always been open with her about her adoption, and even into adulthood, she’s never felt the need to seek out her birth parents. So it’s with reluctance that she travels to a small town in Virginia, to the deathbed of a man who claims to know something about her birth. But Sophie arrives too late, and the secrets of her origins die with him. Sophie decides to stay put for awhile to discover what it was he so badly wanted to tell her, but it turns out some people in town are keen on keeping Sophie’s past from her at any cost.
The description of Something About Sophie makes it sound like a mystery novel with a main storyline that, while perhaps not action-filled, is definitely exciting. The book, though, is something different. McComas develops her main character with great thought and care. Sophie and her love interest, Drew McCarren, leap off the page. These characters are very intricately drawn and developed.
Indeed, these characters are incredibly developed, but the storyline and pacing of Something About Sophie fell flat for me. Though the novel opens explosively, with an incredibly tense, suspenseful scene, it quickly devolves into a romance novel with a mystery subplot. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this type of book, that wasn’t what I expected when I chose to read it, and as a result, I was disappointed. In addition, the pacing of the novel is incredibly slow. McComas puts great time and effort into developing her characters and helping them along on their personal journeys, but the rest of the book suffers as a result.
If you’re looking for great character development and romance, Something About Sophie is a solid pick. You’ll enjoy Sophie and Drew both, and the mystery will definitely be enough to keep you interested. However, if it’s a solid mystery you’re looking for, I’d search elsewhere, as this book falls a bit flat in that regard.
Other books by Mary Kay McComas:
What Happened to Hannah