Summary: Judy Blundell’s Strings Attached is a great combination of mystery, suspense, and romance set in the early 1950’s during the time when gangsters were big news and McCarthyism was in full swing.
Kit is one of the famous Corrigan triplets, raised by her alcoholic father and her strict, seemingly unfeeling Aunt Delia. After a blow-up with her long-time boyfriend, Billy Benedict, Kit moves to the city to try and fulfill her dream of becoming a Broadway star. Although it isn’t easy, it is helping her keep her mind off of Billy and her brother, Jaime, who both joined the Army. Kit’s fortunes take a turn when Billy’s father, Nate, an attorney with rumored ties to a notorious gangster, sets her up with a good job and a nice apartment to live in. All she has to do is help Nate out by letting him know when she hears from Billy.
But Kit soon finds out that there are more strings attached to Nate’s gifts than she realized. Is Nate really involved in murder? Is her Aunt Delia one of his victims? And how will she face Billy, knowing what she does about his father?
I enjoyed Strings Attached more than Blundell's last novel, What I Saw & How I Lied. The plot was solid and had enough twists to keep me guessing without becoming too confusing or unrealistic. I found myself sympathizing with Kit throughout the novel, and hoping that she would achieve the success she was hoping for without Nate's help. A good read for those who like a little suspense mixed in with their romance.
13 and up
Areas of concern (content):
Foul Language: mild
Nudity/Adult Content: mild