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Review: 117. On Maggie's Watch by Ann Wertz Garvin...

August 31, 2011
It's the last day of August, so I thought I'd post my thoughts on August's Featured Author Ann Wertz Garvin's On Maggie's Watch today... 

on maggie's watch
Title: On Maggie's Watch
Author: Ann Wertz Garvin
ISBN-13: 9780425236789
Paperback: 290 pages
Publisher: Penguin, 2010
Purchase at IndieBound, Amazon, The Book Depository
Source: Ann Wertz Garvin

drey's thoughts:  
What do you do when you're eight-and-a-half months pregnant and find out there's a sex offender living on your street? If you're Maggie Finley, you start up the Neighborhood Watch and take midnight strolls past his house. Just to make sure he's not out there hurting anyone, that's all...

But it's not all for Maggie. She's a natural worrier--worrying about the baby, the neighbors, the husband working late... Then she makes a new friend and starts worrying if she maybe likes him just a little itsy bit too much? In between all the worrying and cuticle-chewing Maggie finds time to distract her best friend from her daily grind, and starts compulsively leaving "presents" for the offender.

As off-the-wall as Maggie seems, she could be someone you know--if you know people who're neurotic and just a tad too anal-retentive to let things slide, who get a bit obsessive about their latest "passion"... And I liked her, and wished I knew somebody on my street who cared that much. Never mind that she didn't do more research before going all gangbusters, and never mind that what she's doing isn't quite legal. Ann Wertz Garvin's portrayal of Maggie makes her somehow endearing, which makes On Maggie's Watch a cozy read. (Yes, even with the troubles...) And I thought that the present Maggie gets at the end, is a nice little reminder that you can't always judge a book by its cover.

drey's rating: Pick it up! Summer's not over yet, there's still room for at least one more read! *grin*

Have you read On Maggie's Watch? What did you think?


bermudaonion said...

This sounds good. I have to admit that I can be a little obsessive at times - hopefully not to that extreme, but still.

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