I received this book for free from Merit Press, Simon Pulse in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

{The Number 7: Jessica Lidh}The Number 7 by Jessica Lidh
Published by Merit Press, Simon Pulse on December 5, 2014
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover
Source: Merit Press, Simon Pulse
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{Synopsis} – Sixteen-year-old Louisa's antique telephone is disconnected, but that doesn't keep it from ringing. And it doesn't keep Louisa from answering. Her caller is someone with a message from beyond the grave. The mysterious caller is somehow familiar, and has a message that unravels the mysterious past of Louisa's Swedish family, including the deeply hidden secret from World War II. She'd welcome the distraction of the cute boys competing for her attention, but instead, Louisa must figure out her role in her own story–before the telephone rings for the last time.

{My Thoughts} – Louisa is your average sixteen year-old girl that has been going trough a lot of bad in her life. She and her older sister have had to deal with the death of their mother at a young age, with the retreat of their father into his own shell and the death of grandparents that they never had the chance to know.

When her grandmother passes away her dad takes her out to the house he grew up in and makes a declaration that they are moving there. Louisa and her sister didn’t know their grandparents because their dad had left home at an early age and just never looked back. I can’t imagine being in their dad’s situation. I don’t think I could ever have officially left home and then chose to never look back. I am not that kind of person. I have to look back.

Louisa begins getting phone calls from her dead grandmother telling her about her dead grandfather and his life. The life he had lived through World War II, the life that had stolen his life and turned his world up side down. Louisa is given the opportunity to get to know family that she otherwise would never have had the chance to know through these phone calls. But also, these phone calls are leaving her with more questions then answers at first and she is battling with herself trying to figure out when she should tell her father/ her family everything she knows and has learned over the past few months.

I want to say that I really enjoyed this book and for the most part I did. But I also had a hard time keeping myself interested in the story because of all the changing in point of v iews. It didn’t blend together as nicely as I would have liked when reading a book written in this particular style. It is nicely written and filled with some factual and well fictional information, the events that are written help to tie it into a nice story, but I still have problems with the way it all flowed.

I do believe that anyone that is a fan of history and is interested in Sweden or WWII will enjoy this book for the most part. It just wasn’t the right kind of book for me personally as a reader.

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.