Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The Wright 3 (book review)

The Wright 3, by Blue Balliet, is a sequel to the bestselling book Chasing Vermeer. In the book, best friends Calder and Petra find themselves involved in another art mystery--this one involving the Robie House, a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The town plans on demolishing the house, but Calder and Petra know that can't happen. As they try to save the house, they notice eerie things happening. Mysterious voices drift out from inside the house, the patterns of its windows change, and its roof occasionally "ripples", like a waking beast. As what started out as a quest to save a piece of art turns into a hunt for ghosts, the story is complicated by yet another factor: Calder's old best friend Tommy is back, and he hasn't been counting on Calder hanging out with someone else.

This story was funny and engaging, but I didn't think it was as good as the first book. I didn't like Tommy being added into the picture, and I thought the book would have been better without him.