In her third novel, Courtney Elizabeth Mauk presents a nuanced character study and offers a jolting and unforgettable portrait of a family's struggle to survive.
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By Dubi on 17-10-16
A young woman missing for a year finally turns up. Her mother, father and teenage brother, still dealing with their initial grief, react in different ways. A short, depressing novel that, for me, has no redeeming qualities. The characters are unsympathetic, underdeveloped. The story goes nowhere. There is nothing of interest to latch onto.
The big mistake, in my opinion, is the shifting narrative point of view between the surviving family members. The brother's story, as he travels the world of his sister's friends, trying to figure out what happened to her, is the only one that has the seeds of a good book. That should have been the whole story. But too much time is wasted with the parents.
This was a Kindle First audio companion that I chose because it is set in my neighborhood, the Upper West Side of Manhattan. But other than a couple of references to Fairway and the #1 train, there is no sense of the place. Taking a shot in the dark with Kindle First has been rewarding -- until now.