Published by St Martin's Press
Published 21 December 2011
Summary - When Eddie Reeves’s father commits suicide her life is consumed by the nagging question of why? Why when he was a legendary photographer and a brilliant teacher? Why when he seemed to find inspiration in everything he saw? And, most important, why when he had a daughter who loved him more than anyone else in the world? When she meets Culler Evans, a former student of her father’s and a photographer himself, an instant and dangerous attraction begins. Culler seems to know more about her father than she does and could possibly hold the key to the mystery surrounding his death. But Eddie’s vulnerability has weakened her and Culler Evans is getting too close. Her need for the truth keeps her hanging on...but are some questions better left unanswered?
I've said this so many times it's criminal but HOLY FUCK this woman is some kind of genius. Her books are just MINDBLOWING. I want to like bottle up her talent and sell it off little by little and be mega rich and bathe in Champagne (I want this to happen, this is my ultimate dream). Her writing style and her books are like......BOOM this is whats happening. NO, I don't care that your mind is spinning and you need time to catch your breath, we're doing this MY way and this is how it goes. Totally no holds barred, i'm grabbing hold of you and dragging you along and I don't give two shit's if you cry the whole time because this is how this shit's going down. And OMG I can't seem to get enough of the tough love.
So, Edie's dad has commited suicide, and she's about in on the secret of why he decided to take his own life as much as we the reader is. Which basically means she knows nothing at all. So, we get to follow Edie on the treasure hunt for answers she is so desperately needing. Like her previous books, the prose is tighly wound and hard hitting, sparse but deliberately so. You can almost feel the tension from the characters ooze from the pages and sink into your skin. Some of the characters are more well presented than others. Milo, Edies best friend is always on the periphery, always close enough to reach out too, and you can't help but wish that she would. Culler is unsettling and bizarre, but charming nonetheless, and his role in Edie's grief propells the story forward at a speed that is uncomfortable yet still nail bitingly slow. Beth, her mother's tactless and overbearing best friend was a little to much for me to handle, but I guess that was supposed to be the point. I still want to facepunch her now 3 weeks later. Bitch.
I think it takes a lot to tackle such a sensitive and terrifying subject, especially when grief is something that is unique to each of us but something that we ultimately have in common. Its faceted and filled with a million variables, that to be able to make one girls grief feel like MY grief, was mesmorising. And THIS, this is why I will continue to read anything Summers writes. She turns letters on a page into something more. She makes me feel like I am part of the story, that the story is not hers, but MINE. That through her talent and skill, Edie becomes almost real and because of this her grief and pain and excrutating loss matters to me. Her words make me care. Her words are compassion. I love it.
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