The writing style is very poetic, descriptive, imaginative, and a little fanciful with long, long sentences that read on and on like the waters of the lake. Only a short time period is covered, five seasons, but author Brian Doyle creates a winsome novel to read, visit and reminisce over.
As the sheriff and Riley try to get to the bottom of her husband’s death, they uncover more secrets and lies. But it isn’t a Mary Kay Andrews novel without a little romance. Riley finds support and romance from her teenage love. This novel is more serious than many of Andrews’s other works, but still very much a page turner. Andrews has a history of mystery writing, publishing several mystery novels under the pseudonym Kathy Hogan Trocheck. Fans of Elin Hilderbrand will enjoy the untangling of secrets and lies in a quaint beach town.
Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney has accomplished quite a feat, especially for a debut author: she has a way of taking unlikeable characters and making them sympathetic; even Leo, the persistent screw-up, finds a way into your heart by the end. I especially enjoyed the surprising side stories that Sweeney weaves throughout the main plot, taking her characters in a variety of directions but maintaining a coherency to the story as a whole. In many ways it reminded me of Carol Rifka Brunt’s 2012 hit Tell the Wolves I’m Home, which should be next on your list if you haven’t read it already.
for. This story about Yeong-hye, her family, and her attempts to become a
vegetarian will shock you. The savage images that lead her to this desperate
resolution are lost on her family and set in motion a chain of events that embroils
the entire family in bitter conflict.
strangely fixated in the physical yet bound to the spirit. It is dark and disturbing
and rich and sumptuous in detail. Yeong-hye fights for ownership of her body and
its destiny, as everything about her is exposed and revealed. This story is
alternately frightening and familiar as it rolls in waves between fantasy and reality.
Characters are imprisoned and liberated, and face their lives with exhausted
endurance. Art is vision and reality as it becomes an obsession and a compulsion.
The characters are passionate, yet unemotional, and there is a perseverance of will that is terrifying to see.
lyrical and evocative in deliverance.
Every once in a while I like to read a book that makes me think about the meaning of life and its fragility. This one certainly did. Despite the sad outcome, the book is full of life and dignity.