This is the first Nancy Drew book I finished that was written so long ago before Simon and Schuster took over. I find these books really hard to get into. It took me forever to finish it until I got through half of the book, which is where things start to get exciting. I have the Great Britain edition and it actually says this is book number thirteen. Why must they change the numbers around for the Great Britain edition? It doesn’t make sense if you read it because somewhere in the book it states Nancy solved two mysteries before hand, and then it goes her next mystery is The Whispering Statue.
The book starts with Helen and Nancy and her friend Helen Corning stuck in a storm in Twin Lakes. There’s a good possibility they might die from drowning in the lake. This is only book number three, there’s no way in hell Nancy’s going to die. So REST easy. Helen – this is the first I’ve ever heard of her, so if she goes it wont be so bad. A girl named Laura Pendleton saves them just when they lost all hope.
Laura acts like she knows Nancy and trust her very well just because she read about her in the newspaper. Laura’s mother past away and her new gaurdians will be Mr and Mrs. Aborn. The girls are all wet and they stay in this bungalow near by. No mystery yet.
Nancy and Helen are supposed to be over for a holiday. When Nancy finds out that Hannah Gruen has had an accident and is in crutches, Nancy promises to return as soon as possible. Laura comes to them because she doesn’t like her gaurdian. She only met them for one night and she’s already turning up at their doorsteps. Nancy and Helen met the Aborns and they both seem very nice. They met Mrs. Aborn previously and she was very unpleasant and find it strange that she could have such a huge personality change. She was all wet when they first met her so they can’t really blame her. It reminds me of the first time the gang of Friends met Emily.
Nancy says goodbye to Helen and returns to River Heights. Hannah is fine, except she’s upset that she wont be the one cooking for the family. Carson Drew comes home with a mystery for Nancy. Monroe National Bank had many valueable sercurities but are missing from the banks main vault. Securities were bonds so whoever has the bonds can cash them. Many missing securities belong to the residents of the community. This is all very confusing. I don’t know anything about bonds and securities and banks. Mr. Drew hands her a list of people who have missing securities and are suspects of robbing the bank. ???? . So confused.
Nancy sets off the to meet these people and try to get insights into their character.
Mrs. William Farley – Nancy asks the lady if she is willing to help out recreational youth centre, the organisation she works for. Mrs. Farley hands her a check. Nancy concludes that the women never did a mean thing in her life.
Two actors, the Dowds aren’t home so she can’t talk to them. They’re going to be in some sort of play. There’s more but I really don’t want to get into that.
She meets Don Cameron, black-haired boy from River Heights High whom she went to the Spring Dance with, and he invites her to a barbeque.
Nancy received a mysterious phone call but was cut off. Later on, who to show up at the door but Lauren. These two became friends within a night! Yeesh. Lauren claims that her gaurdians are trying to steal her jewels her mother left her. This time I believe her. Nancy is too busy to attend the barbeque with Don and lets him take Lauren as his date. Somehow I find Don more interesting than Ned. Nancy returns to Melrose Place (where Lauren lives) and investigates. She follows Mr. Aborn who heads into a shack with some things. Nancy gets suspicious and tries to see if she can see anything through the window. Too late. Mr. Aborn caught her and acts all agressive. What a scary man. He explains that he thought Lauren was hiding out in here because she ran away. Whatever Mr. Aborn, we believe you.
It’s strange how Lauren’s mother would let these two weirdos to look after her own daughter. Maybe Mr. and Mrs. Aborn aren’t Mr and Mrs Aborn and that the real ones aren’t here yet. Then at the end of the book, Lauren would have the real Aborns and live happily ever after. Just a hunch.
Nancy decides to return to the shack after sneeking into the Aborns home. She thought she heard something when she was there before. Her torch is running out of battery but she goes in anyway and finds a long staircase underground. She walks in and sees Mr. Aborn. No, wait a second, that isn’t him, but he looks awfully like him. He screams for help. He hasn’t drinken any water for a day and has been chained to the wall for about two weeks. Poor man. He says he’s Mr. Aborn and the couple pretending to be Mr and Mrs Aborn are the Dowds. Aha! This is either predictable or I should be a detective myself. Nancy puts the pieces together with how the Dowds are suspects of the banks securities. They stole the inheritance money from Lauren’s mother for themselves and told Lauren that she had nothing left.
Mr Dowd comes behind Nancy and knocks her unconcious. She and Mr Aborn are going to die in the shack. Hannah promised Nancy if she doesn’t come back she’d call the police, which she did.
The ending is a huge chasing scene. It would be so cool if it was on television, just watching the visual effects, I use to dream of becoming a director. I kind of do but I don’t take it seriously as I use to.
Anyway, it ends with everyone becoming a happy family and Nancy and Lauren are so greatful for their friendship. Does Lauren ever get another mention in other books? Maybe when they finally introduce George and Bess, Lauren and Helen are forgotten.
I’m not going to rate this because I’m new to the old series so maybe other books would be better then this one. Very enjoyable.