'Projection' by Risa Green is a story about two different groups of people. One group lived in Rome in 249 A.D. The other group lives in present-day California. There are really two mysteries -- one from each time period.
In Roman times, there was a philosopher named Plotinus who believed it was possible to transfer souls from one body to another. In modern-day California, Gretchen and her best friend, Jessica, are getting ready to graduate from 8th grade. Gretchen's mother, the leader of the Oculus Society, is planning a party to celebrate.
The Oculus Society is ostensibly a social group of Greek women working on philanthropy. But when Gretchen's mother is killed the night of her party, Gretchen becomes obsessed with finding her mother's killer. The police are not successful, but Gretchen believes she knows who did it.
The story spans several years. At one point, there is a gap of two years in the story line. Yet the two stories (one of ancient Rome and one of modern-day California) work. The ancient mystery of what happened when Plotinus and Gemina swapped souls and the mystery of who killed Gretchen's mother both are revealed at the end. There are clues along the way and, as in any good mystery, several red herrings.
Good writing and a creative idea make this a book that will be enjoyed by young adult mystery fans.
Please note: This review is based on the final hardcover book provided by the publisher, SOHO Teen, for review purposes.
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