Title: The Peacock Detectives by Carly Nugent
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, #LoveOzMG
Publication: 01 June 2018
Publisher: Text Publishing
Rating: 4/5 stars
Synopsis: The last time William Shakespeare and Virginia went missing Cassie found them sitting on a coiled hose behind the fire station, and Dad called her ‘Cassie Andersen, Peacock Detective’. So this time she knows what to do—she’ll look for clues and track them down. But the clues lead her in an unexpected direction and Cassie finds herself investigating a confusing mystery about her family.
Some spoilers for the book are below the cut.
From the moment I heard about The Peacock Detectives, I knew that I wanted to read it. The book is shrouded in family dynamics and relations, with a touch of mystery to it, too.
Cassie Anderson is an eleven year old girl, and also a writer. She is also a Peacock Detective. The first time her neighbour’s peacocks went missing, she was the one to find them. So when they went missing again, naturally, her neighbours sought out her help to find them again.
While doing Very Important Detective Work, Cassie also is writing a story for her Dad, who is also a writer, and he teaches English Literature at the high school portion of their local school.
Cassie’s parents suddenly split up, with her mum moving out, and leaving Cassie and her sister, Diana, to stay with their dad, who has been going to The Clinic for his mental health, which doesn’t get better, but only worse after her mum moves out.
Her older sister, Diana, is fourteen going on fifteen, and is clearly dealing with somethings herself, too, and has turned to Buddhism to make sense of her life and to bring herself some peace.
Cassie has a good friendship with a boy named Jonas, who knows a lot of facts, and who is also going through his own things.
The story on the whole was really lovely, I thought. It was touching, and brought about important topics like parents moving out, mental health issues (even though maybe Cassie didn’t and doesn’t exactly understand what that means).
A part of me still can’t reconcile a parent who would move out and willingly leave their children with the other parent, who is clearly going through some serious mental health issues, and who is spending all of their money on useless things instead of the basic necessities.
I really enjoyed this book, and I think it’s really important for younger people to read, so they can not feel alone if any of the adults in their lives are going through what they are.