By Marina Cohen
Publication Date: March 22, 2016
The Inn Between is a quirky book that has a bit of eery suspense, while the reader is trying to figure out what is going on at the inn. Quinn is going through a lot, more than any kid should have to go through. She has a lot of quilt over a tragedy that happened in her family and this little vacation is her time to get away from it all. However this place doesn’t make that easy, add the fact that her best friend Kara’s family is slowly disappearing and a man is chasing them down and you got 2 scary tweens. I guessed the main background of the book half way through maybe before but I don’t think a middle school or upper elementary aged reader would. The ending wasn’t really what I expected or wanted it was so fast. The Inn Between is a great book that I’m not sure I’ve read before in middle grade books. The author did a great job at presenting the story without being so scary. There is 1 pretty creepy section that some kids might find pretty scary but is probably not much different from a R.L. Stine book like fear street. Overall I’d let my middle grade reader read this one. The ARC copy had 2 drawing that I really don’t think were really needed but gave the reader a glimpse of what the author envisioned the scene to be like. Overall I would have been fine with out them, but they don’t detract from the book either.
summary: 11-year old Quinn has had some bad experiences lately. She was caught cheating in school, and then one day, her little sister Emma disappeared while walking home from school. She never returned.
When Quinn’s best friend Kara has to move away, she goes on one last trip with Kara and her family. They stop over at the first hotel they see, a Victorian inn that instantly gives Quinn the creeps, and she begins to notice strange things happening around them. When Kara’s parents, and then brother disappear without a trace, the girls are stranded in a hotel full of strange guests, hallways that twist back in on themselves, and a particularly nasty surprise lucking beneath the floorboards. Will the girls be able to solve the mystery of what happened to Kara’s family before it’s too late?
thank you MacMillan Children’s Publishing, Roaring Book Press and Marina Cohen for allowing me to review The Inn Between. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book.