Here’s what the synopsis said: Quinn Martin and Kara Cawston have been best friends since kindergarten, so when Kara and her family are about to move away, Quinn joins the Cawstons on one last road trip west to Nevada. They stop at the first hotel they see, an old Victorian that instantly gives Quinn the creeps. She begins to notice disturbing things happening around them, and soon Kara’s parents and brother mysteriously disappear. The girls are left alone to navigate strange guests, hallways that twist back on themselves, and a particularly nasty surprise lurking beneath the floorboards. Will the girls be able to solve the mystery of what happened to Kara’s family and escape, or will they remain stranded forever at the Inn Between?
Welcome to the Inn Between. We’ve been expecting you.
Looking at the cover, you kind of get the feeling the girls are going to have one last adventure together and solve a mystery. What you don’t get from the synopsis or the cover is that the Inn Between is in between life and death. I’m not going to give too much away because it would have been more enjoyable for me if I hadn’t been given the summary by a friend at work.
My friend had been eying the book for awhile but almost never checks out books from me. I talked her into it and she enjoyed it, but was concerned that it was too deep of subject matter for kids in 4th grade (our school’s highest level). So I agreed to read it and decide if we will keep it or send it to the 5th & 6th grade school library.
While there is nothing too explicit in the book, I do think it would serve older kids better. I’m glad I read it, and I think you should too.