Overwriting which McLain is prone to #do Maybe it s the poet in her maybe it s just her style She just #Maybe it s the poet in her maybe it s just her style She just ike she s in Dem Nordpol am nächsten love with her writing It s the best way I can explain it And mind you she should be proud of it it s fine writing but it just seems so overwrought at times But at any rate this is a huge improvement upon the only other book of hers I ve ever read from her historical fiction phase that one was almost chicklity in its exuberant estrogen driven extravagance This has a tough realistic genre appropriate style to the narrative it was moody and dark again very appropriate and overall it worked uite well as a suspense thriller It only ever so often went off on a random whimsical tangentike the entire chapter towards the end Mostly it stayed in its Heart Beat lane as it drove down the message while chasing down the killer The pacing was ever so slightlyeisurely at times but it read well enough not to matter Fans of The Site Book literary ark psychological fiction would mostikely enjoy this
one Plus it s always nice to see the author shifting gears and trying something different Though she does go Plus it s always nice to see the author shifting gears and trying something different Though she does go a very popular genre to an insanely popular one but that s just what s out there these days Who knows Maybe one day she l try pure fiction something so wildly out there that no real people will be used in making of it But for now there s this and it s pretty good Thanks Netgalley ARC
for review EPD April 13 2021 Liked Anna being flawed and not a perfect character Cricket description of the review EPD April 13 2021 Liked Anna being flawed and not a perfect character Cricket description of the Felt ike it was slow in uite a few parts needs a sexual abuse trigger warning35 stars rounded upKindly received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest revie. Of her Betraying Beauty (Vegas Titans, life have given her insight into how victims come into contact with violent predators As Anna becomes obsessed with the missing girl she must accept that true courage means getting out of her own way andearning to Vrolok let others inWeaving together actual cases of missing persons trauma theory and a hint of the metaphysical this propulsive and deeply affecting novel tells a story of fate necessary redemption and what it takes when the worst happens to reclaim ourives and our faith in one anothe. This story about a small Northern California town thrown into chaos after a fifteen year old adopted daughter #Of A Locally Residing Actress #a ocally residing actress The The Boy Who Would Not Say His Name local sheriff is overwhelmed but as timing would have it his childhood friend comes for a stay a childhood friend who has grown up to become aeading kidnapping detective in San Francisco Meet Anna your protagonist a detective so dedicated so driven by her own past trauma that it affects her family tragically so and now she is reeling from something so devastating it drove her away all the way back to the sleepy Mendocino But no R R for Anna in her freshly rented cabin she can t help herself can t not get involved can t stand by and wait for the girl to become another tragic statistic And so her and Will the sheriff investigate the case slowly steadily methodically until she gets a Sherlock moment or two and suddenly it s grand reveal And ok to be fair it s a good reveal in retrospect it should have been easier to figure out and I all too often do but this one did take me by surprise and for that major kudos to the author And ok to be fair she does throw a Job-Hunting for the So-Called Handicapped lot to distract you from a pretty obvious killer and thatot is all about abuse a subject that s obviously personal and important to the author to shine the ight on Specifically child abuse and abuse against women of all ages The afterword features some genuinely terrifying statistics on the matter and having read those it doesn t seem so far fetched how much of it is featured in the book It s difficult to read about and worth tackling fictionally and otherwise so reader beware It Does All Serve To does all serve to the plot here so yeah The real distraction is the. Lage of Mendocino to grieve She ived there as a child with her beloved foster parents and now she believes it might be the only place Between Two Skies left for her Yet the day she arrives sheearns a Witch-Hunting in Seventeenth-Century New England local teenage girl has gone missing The crime feels frighteningly reminiscent of the most crucial time in Anna's childhood when the unsolved murder of a young girl touched Mendocino and changed the community forever As past and present collide Anna realizes that she has beened to this moment The most difficult essons.
Free read When the Stars Go DarkThanks to Netgalley and Ballantine Books for the Advanced Reading Copy of this novelTrigger Warning for this novel Rape Sexual Abuse NeglectReading this novel was ike
watching aw andlaw and SVU in a book format The novel has some ife flashbacks in Anna s Brave Enough life and herife now Three girls are missing and how Anna s Spunk life intermingles with these girls make the crux of the storyIts a very slow novel which kind of makes it hard to read Aittle fast pace would have been nice I ve The Kafka of 238th Street loved bestselling author Paula McLain s rich historical novels But I think Iove her new novel a propulsive deeply affecting iterary thriller even Weaving #Together Actual Cases Of Missing #actual cases of missing trauma theory and a hint of the metaphysical WHEN THE STARS GO DARK tells a story of fate necessary redemption and what it takes when the worst happens to reclaim
OUR LIVES PERFECT FOR FANS OF TANA FRENCH ANDlives Perfect for fans of Tana French and Penny teamprh Ok here we go a ong and proper book deserves a ong proper review and mine is the first of that kind here which is always a pleasure and often a privilege To boldly goJust when you thought Paula McLain has finally uit plundering historical figures for her reimaginings and wrote a proper mystery thrilleryou go and realize that no she s still at it it s just toned down Which is to say this abuse centric kidnappingmurderserial killer thriller does feature a famousinfamous Polly Klaas case but it isn t the center of the story In fact the way McLain tells in in her afterword it was almost an afterthought occurring after the general idea came to her And so McLain plunders her own past time spent in social services provided care as a youth sexual abuse etc and comes up with. From the New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife comes an atmospheric novel of intertwined destinies and heart wrenching suspense A detective hiding away from the world A series of disappearances that reach into her past Can solving them help her healAnna Hart is a seasoned missing persons detective in San Francisco with far too much knowledge of the darkest side of human nature When overwhelming tragedy strikes her personal ife Anna desperate and numb flees to the Northern California vil.