Book Reviews

Wretched Waterpark by Kiersten White // Book Review


From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes her middle grade series debut! Part Scooby Doo, part A Series of Unfortunate Events, and entirely genius! Meet the Sinister-Winterbottom twins, who solve mysteries at increasingly bizarre summer vacation destinations in the hopes of being reunited with their parents—or at the very least finally finding a good churro.

Twelve-year-old twins Theodora and Alexander and their older sister Wilhelmina Sinister-Winterbottom don’t know how they ended up with their Aunt Saffronia for an entire summer. She’s not exactly well equipped to handle children. The twins are determined to make it a good vacation, though, so when Aunt Saffronia suggests a waterpark, they hastily agree.

But Fathoms of Fun is not your typical waterpark. Instead of cabanas, guests rent mausoleums. The waterslides are gray tongues extending from horrible gargoyle faces. The few people they encounter are very, very odd. And the owner disappeared under bizarre circumstances, lost to the Cold, Unknowable Sea—the wave pool.

When Wil goes missing, rule following, cautious Alexander and competitive, brave Theo will have to work together to solve the mystery of Fathoms of Fun. But are they out of their depth?



This story is very much in the vein of the Series Of Unfortunate Events books, with a creepy, gothic feel, three normal siblings dealing with a cast of unusual characters and a strange location with a mystery to solve.

However, I think this series has potential to be more enjoyable than Unfortunate Events.It has a lighter tone, the zany characters that the siblings encountered were fun and interesting to get to know and I really liked the waterpark setting.

There’s a few mysteries to solve in this series, and not all of them are solved in this story. The mystery of the waterpark may be solved, but the sibling’s missing memory, the confusion of being suddenly packed away for the summer by their parents and the supernatural elements we encounter are not, leaving those reveals for later.

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