©2009 Nicole Baart; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
"A taut, engrossing tale about familial love and redemption." (Booklist)
Definitely! I first heard this narrator in Lynn Austin's "A Proper Pursuit". Her voice is soothing and modulated and emotive... she did a fantastic job!
It is not a happy read, by any stretch, but it is a hopeful one. Nicole Baart tackles the difficult subject of suicide - seldom addressed in Christian fiction - with grace and complexity. Abby's obsession with the man she blames for her sister's death is complex and all-consuming, and Baart tackles many difficult subjects and point-of-view changes well.
No. Actually, I tried to get into this book several years ago and just couldn't; perhaps it was the brooding nature of portions, or the description of the suicide itself, but it took me putting it down years ago and picking it up again now, starting from the beginning, to really get into it.
As a Christian novel, it breaks many molds. Perhaps protestants will find the Catholic imagery a bit too heavy-handed, or Catholics may find it too protestant for their tastes, but as a Christian reader I have decided to take the book on its merits as a literary novel. It is skillfully drawn, with moments of beauty and moments of heartbreak, an ending I didn't see coming, and a fantastic performance by Jennifer Ikeda.
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