Caroline Rennie Pattison began her publishing career with THE WHOLE, ENTIRE, COMPLETE TRUTH, published in 2006. Caroline was born in Paisley, Scotland, and moved to Canada as a child. Caroline is a teaching consultant.
Sarah Martin is a newcomer to Muskoka. She has made a couple of friends, but at least one of them seems intent on stealing her would-be boyfriend and spreads nasty rumors about her. Sarah has a run-in with Garnet Hopper, a fellow student with a "Goth" persona and obvious issues. Sarah's father is a detective, and it turns out that Garnet's reputation around school was made after she was involved in the drowning death of William Tremball. Rumors will grow, and the town's interpretation of the accident involved devil worship; the witness protection program; and the Mafia. Sarah finds herself teamed with Byron Hopper for a Geography project, and her natural curiosity overrides her friends' dire warnings about getting involved with the Hopper family:
"'Some weird guy picked a fight with Nathan Tremball,' explained Stacey. 'When Constable Meyers told them to leave, the guy went crazy. He wrecked all these decorations on his way out the door. He was with Garnet Hopper. She just watched and laughed.'
'And that's why we don't hang out with the Hoppers - or their friends,' pronounced Cori."
Peer pressure and town gossip are two issues that Caroline Pattison deals with in this insightful and compelling tale about fitting in. Most readers will empathize with this shrewd story that combines a mystery Nancy Drew style with the pains of growing up. Pattison adds a twist with a family who practices a very peaceful and non-threatening form of Wicca and their persecution due to ignorance in the community. Sarah Martin is a breath of fresh air as a junior sleuth under the watchful, and sometimes reproachful, eye of her detective father.
THE LAW OF THREE is an entertaining book that appeals to almost any age, but is probably meant for junior high and high school students. Its lessons are many.