Genre: Mystery, Adventure, Fiction
Book Jacket Synopsis: “A bizarre chain of events begins when sixteen unlikely people gather for the reading of Samuel W. Westing’s will. And though no one knows why the eccentric, game-loving millionaire has chosen a virtual stranger – and a possible murderer – to inherit his vast fortune, one thing’s for sure: Sam Westing may be dead… but that won’t stop him from playing one last game!”
Review: I was thrilled over summer break to find a gently used copy of The Westing Game on sale at my local library for a steep 50 cents. I first read The Westing Game sometime in middle school, and hadn’t read it since then. It’s one of the first books that I remember truly loving. I couldn’t believe how skillfully Raskin tied together the different characters and storylines. Even now, rereading this book decades later, I still found myself missing some of her carefully placed clues! I think Raskin does an excellent job of showing that there is more to each character than first meets the eye. Turtle is hands down still my favorite character (which just goes to show that any book featuring a character named Turtle is bound to be great, given how much I loved Barbara Kingsolver’s The Bean Trees and Pigs in Heaven), but the supplementary cast is wonderful too. Even though I knew what happened to Samuel W. Westing this time around, there were a lot of major plot points and characters that I had forgotten about. It was honestly a great trip down memory lane and, now that I own a copy, I think I’ll start an annual tradition of rereading The Westing Game.