Sometimes the dead come back. Whether that's a blessing or a curse is entirely a matter of perspective.
David is a 12-year-old boy in 1976 when he first discovers Rebecca Anne, the young black girl living in the abandoned culvert by the bay. Captivated first by her, and then her harrowing story of murder and ghostly revenge, he joins her in unearthing the secrets of her past.
Sheila is a young wife new to Manhattan when the Twin Towers come down, apparently taking her husband with them. And yet she insists that he is not dead, only missing. As the months go by, her stubborn hope wanes, leaving her to confront an even older loss, a decades-old emotional scar that will no longer stay buried.
Two stories, perfectly intertwined across the decades. Two people awaiting the return of the dead, one with morbid terror, the other with dwindling hope.
And in the end, both tales culminate in one kiss between life and death, secret and hidden beneath the canopy of the weeping willow, and the breeze of the bay, and the embalming black shroud of the Nightmare Pearl.
©2016 G. Norman Lippert (P)2016 G. Norman Lippert
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This is one of those books that defies categorizing, it's part mystery, part ghost story but above all it's a love story. It's two stories told several years apart and intersects at the end.
Adolescent boy David befriends Becca a black girl living in an abandoned culvert In the early seventies, even though she's aloof they almost immediately form a close bond to one another.
Meanwhile in future Sheila an aspiring writer loses her literary agent husband in the collapse of the twin towers during the 2001 terrorist attacks,'and she cannot accept the fact that her husband dead.
How these two stories are told is done so beautifully and with such tenderness. You can't help but be touched by the conclusion.
The only weak part of this book is in the narration, Steve White does an awesome job and I could listen to him read any book! He's just that good. But the production quality of the portion read by Kimberly Meciti is poor and it jarring, especially after the smooth delivery by Steve. Kimberly is a decent narrator, it's just the production that's bad.
Overall though the book still rates 4 stars.
This audiobook was given to me at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review, thanks Audiobook Boom.
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This is two stories interwoven that delivers mystery, suspense , coming of age, romance, and hope for what is yet to come. I found this riveting, holding me in it's spell until the last page.
The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed.
Two tales intermingled over time, each coming to the same climax, the return of a lost loved one, with polar opposite perspectives. Love and dread permeate this dual story, just as it so often does in real life.
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