Originally Published: August 14, 2012
By: Maria Semple
An entertaining mystery about a mother who disappears before a family trip to Antarctica, Where’d You Go Bernadette is a comedic novel sure to please.
When Bee decides that her reward for perfect grades is going to be a family trip to Antarctica, Bee’s mom Bernadette gets right down to planning. Though, Bernadette is on the verge of a breakdown and is nervous about the trip. Days before the family sets sail, Bernadette disappears without a trace.
Despite the book title, it takes quite a while for Bernadette to go missing. While the first 100 pages of the novel is a bit slow, once Bernadette starts to spiral, it’s quite the page-turner.
Bernadette is such an interestingly developed character and you’ll love getting to know her. The final chapters are captivating.
Final say: The strong-willed main character is delightful. ★★★★☆