I’ve got another book for you to add to your “to read” list!
This book takes place in a small town in Connecticut and revolves around a fiery blaze at the home of June Reid that kills her boyfriend, ex-husband, daughter and future son-in-law on the eve of the daughter’s wedding. The story is told in vignettes from a number of characters who are all intertwined by the tragic accident and pieces together the character’s stories leading up to the blaze as well as the aftermath.
The way the story was told was a little confusing at first because so many characters were introduced in a short period of time at the very beginning, but I was intrigued reading each story to see how everyone’s lives were connected to each other and to the fire at June Reid’s house. With many books I’ve read, I feel like I know how they will end and how the character’s problems will resolve. This book kept my interest not only because of the great writing and unique story, but because I didn’t know where it was going and how it was going to end.
Some overarching themes in this book are love, unexpected loss, family and the grieving process. Because of this, I think it would make an excellent book club selection that would spur a lively discussion. This was one of those books that I wish someone around me was reading it along with me, so I could talk to them once it was over. It was meaningful, chilling and intriguing all rolled into one and I highly recommend it.
If you’d like to read about the other books I’ve read this year as part of my reading challenge, you can find my reviews here:
A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan
Stars over Sunset Boulevard by Susan Meissner
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
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