Thirteen-year-old Cole Atwater is still trying to cope with his mother’s untimely death three years earlier. Cole was very close to his mother and when she died in a car accident, Cole’s life was turned upside down. His dad is grieving in his own way as well, which has Cole feeling very much alone. His only solace is continuing his mother’s “work” tidying up the local cemetery. When mysterious notes begin appearing among the gravesites, Cole is intrigued and determined to get to the bottom of who is leaving the notes for him to find.
This is a sweet and tender story of a boy’s love for his deceased mother. The additional mystery subplot was an interesting touch that I enjoyed. The book is very short, just 96 pages, so I breezed through it quickly.
There were a couple of minor things I would mention. The book is very heavy on inner dialogue. I really think it would have benefited from more interactive dialogue between characters. Also, I had some difficulty envisioning a thirteen-year-old boy calling his girlfriend “babe”. In my experience, boys at this age aren’t usually so “mushy”.
Having said these things, I’d still say Marble Town is well worth the read. The ending is wonderfully satisfying. It really is a lovely story about loss, hope and new beginnings. Thanks to the author for providing a complimentary copy of this book!
5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton