The Einsteins of Vista Point by Ben Gutterson
Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary
Publishing Date: April 12, 2022
After the tragic loss of their sister, Zack and his siblings band together to investigate a Morse Code-inspired mystery in this stunning novel about grief and resilience.
When Zack’s younger sister dies in a tragic accident, his family moves to a small town in the Northwest to try and heal from all the pain. Eleven-year-old Zack blames himself for his sister’s death, and he struggles to find any comfort in his new surroundings. Vista Point is home to many mysterious landmarks: The great domed Tower casts inscrutable shadows, and what is the cryptic message in its ceiling medallion? There are several hidden watering holes and even a secret cave in the woods with messages written on its walls. Zack, at first, feels lost in Vista Point. Until he meets Ann, a girl who lives in the area and shows Zack all the special places to be discovered. But there’s something that seems a bit strange about Ann—and perhaps a secret she is keeping from him. With emotional depth, an unforgettable setting, and a winning cast of characters, this masterful novel thoughtfully explores the grieving process, and how a season of pain can evolve into a summer of healing.
About the Author:
Ben Guterson is the author of Winterhouse, an Edgar Award and Agatha Award finalist as well as an Indie Next List Pick, and its sequels, The Secrets of Winterhouse and The Winterhouse Mysteries. The Winterhouse trilogy is available in ten languages worldwide. Ben and his family live in the foothills of the Cascades east of Seattle, and you can visit him online at benguterson.com.
One day I was window shopping on Amazon as you do when you are supposed to be on a book buying ban (and don't ask how it is going) when i came across Ben Guterson's latest and I got excited as I absolutely loved and adored The Winterhouse Series so I added it straight to my wishlist. Then TBR & Beyond Tours emailed about a blog tour and yes siree I wanted in so of course I signed up. I honestly thought that I had no chance as this would no doubt be a popular tour so you can imagine how excited I was when I found I had a place on the tour I squealed and considering i am a 50 plus who is a big kid at heart was over the moon.
I am not gonna give anything away not even a smidgen as I feel it would totally spoil the book so what I am going to talk about is how it made me feel.
I loved the Einsteins as a family but I did have a soft spot for Zack I actually saw parts of me inside him. When he first met Ann I had a feeling that this meeting was quite important but wasn't sure how and why and this intrigued me. I do want to say Ben wrote about grief beautifully in such a way that made me struggle with my emotions. It brought to a head a time of grief that literally knocked me for six and then some but then while I kept on reading I realised that this was actually a story of love whether it was lost or found and I am so glad that I got to read it. For all these reasons The Einsteins of Vista Point 4 Stars