The premise: When Roo's father is killed, she learns she has an uncle she never knew about. The uncle takes her in, but the mansion where he lives (an old tuberculosis sanitarium for children) is as cold and heartless as he is. But the walls hum -- or that's what it sounds like to Roo anyway. Roo follows the humming and discovers what everyone in the mansion is keeping her from -- a garden. A garden with a secret.
What I loved: The mystery. The secret must be revealed in order for healing to come to these carefully-crafted characters. And I have to include my love of the setting, too. The river, the mansion and the garden are also carefully-crafted characters.
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