The Girl Who Wasn’t There

The Girl Who Wasn’t There is the first graphic novel set outside of River Heights, and out of all the series it’s Nancy’s first trip to India. When Nancy has trouble with her computer (with George out of town), she calls tech support and is routed to India. The girl who helps her, Kalpana, has actually read about some of her cases online, and they end up becoming long-distance friends. One night, however, Nancy gets a call from Kalpana saying strange men are in her house and she thinks she’s about to be kidnapped. The line suddenly goes dead.

Carson has a client in India, so Nancy convinces him that she, Bess, and George should go along to New Delhi. The trouble is, how do you find a missing girl you’ve never met in a strange city? Kalpana’s father is a detective currently undercover and can’t be contacted. The call center where she worked claims to have had no employee by that name. According to Kalpana, even some of the police can’t be trusted. Everything seems to lead back to a crime lord named Sahadev. Nancy is told repeatedly that if she’s knows what’s good for her, she’ll stay away and stop asking questions, but that’s not the way to solve a case…

I really liked the premise for this book; I haven’t read many of the graphic novels yet, but this was my favorite so far and much better than several Girl Detective books I can think of. Petrucha and Murase set the scene in New Delhi well, weaving in aspects of culture just like the travelogues. They managed to write a plot that is relevant to modern times yet still retains aspects of classic Nancy Drew stories. There is plenty of suspense, and humor as well.

The end of the first boxed set is a good place to take a little break from the graphic novels, but I’m looking forward to coming back to them soon.

Published in: on February 2, 2012 at 10:52 am  Leave a Comment  
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