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Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite
Margie Gladstone was only three years old in 1923 when she disappeared from her family’s lake home. Her parents, Howard and Emma, and big brother James spent years searching for her. The family, who lived in Brooklyn, was wealthy and they enjoyed quiet days in their vacation home on a small island in Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey. Howard tried every avenue, including several private detectives, to find her, with no results. In 1935 the search continued through the efforts of James, his girlfriend Dorothy, and their friends. While they seemed to have made progress, Margie was not found. In 2018, due to DNA testing, there was the possibility that Margie lived. Many strands of information needed to be revealed. Chasing Margie: A Case That Wouldn’t Stay Cold, penned by Steve Lindahl, is an intriguing, adventurous tale.
The author has written an engaging, easy-to-read book. The story moves back and forth between the three eras with ease. The use of a decades-old memoir given to a present-day grandson is an excellent mechanism to detail past events. Also, the DNA aspect brings new possibilities to this long-ago unsolved mystery. Each character is developed well; Sarah, Dawn, and Mark illustrate how people in this century think differently – and in some ways, similarly – to people in the twentieth century. This book is a pageturner, and it is hard to put down once started. Author Steve Lindahl has written a fascinating novel in Chasing Margie: A Case That Wouldn’t Stay Cold – an excellent read!