Trail Magic: Lost in Crawford Notch by M.H. Sullivan captivates readers with its suspenseful mystery and compelling characters, a coming-of-age narrative with strong plot points. This intricately woven tale follows 14-year-old Angie Jackson as she faces her fears and embarks on a search for a missing 4-year-old girl named Melanie. Set against the backdrop of a family campground surrounded by wilderness, Angie's journey becomes much more than just a search for a missing child as the past collides with the present when a new mystery surfaces. Can Angie solve the mystery and find the missing child?
Sullivan's storytelling mastery shines throughout the book, with expert pacing and emotionally rich moments sprinkled throughout the story. Sullivan expertly balances moments of tension and introspection, skillfully builds suspense, leaving readers eager to turn each page in search of answers. With every revelation, the stakes heighten, drawing readers deeper into the story's compelling narrative. Angie Jackson is a relatable and determined protagonist whose growth is deeply satisfying to witness. As the story progresses, Angie learns the value of trust, both in herself and in the support of her community. Her instincts guide her in uncovering hidden truths and the shades of the past that lurk in the woods. The supporting cast is well-developed, adding layers of complexity to the narrative. From the dedicated community members aiding in the search to the enigmatic figures with their own secrets, each character brings something unique to the story. Sullivan excels at creating authentic and believable relationships, making the interactions between characters feel genuine and emotionally resonant. I loved the beautiful prose, the dazzling dialogues, and the characters that feel like neighbors I have known for a long time. Trail Magic: Lost in Crawford Notch is a great literary creation for fans of mystery and coming-of-age.