Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

See No Evil / by Jamila Gavin


Title: See No Evil
Author: Jamila Gavin
Publisher:  Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN:  978-0-374-36333-8
Year:  2009

Concepts:  immigration, wealth, consumers and producers

Review:  In the case of See No Evil, readers are well advised to heed the old cliché: do not judge a book by its cover. While the cover all but promises a juicy haunted house thriller, this intriguing novel spins a far deeper tale of an international conspiracy involving human trafficking, vast wealth, and personal loyalty.

At the center of this complicated web the reader finds naïve and innocent Nettie Roberts, a young teen who has never questioned her family's extraordinarily privileged way of life until her favorite tutor, Miss Kovachev, strangely disappears. A series of unnerving events -- including the discovery of Miss Kovachev's diary written in a foreign language, clear signs that her own parents are hiding information from her, and sightings of a ghost-like boy in their enormous house -- propel Nettie toward a discovery that could fundamentally alter her sheltered way of life.

Young adults seeking a smart, face-paced mystery with international realism will enjoy this novel from start to finish. It certainly raises some interesting questions about innocence and guilt that is associated with wealth gained from evil activities. 

Review by:  Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

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