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The Boston Globe describes Pictures of You “as part literary mystery, part domestic drama, and part psychological examination,” and, indeed, the novel kept most critics on their toes the entire time. A novel of loss, redemption, forgiveness, and self-discovery, the intertwining stories grapple not only with the tragedy but also with the mystery of April’s hasty departure from her family. Reviewers commented that what could have been a maudlin, predictable storyline instead becomes fresh with Leavitt’s direct, unsentimental writing; her you-are-here details; and her fully convincing characters. Readers who enjoy both fine storytelling and writing will be sure to savor this novel.
In Leavitt’s (Girls in Trouble, 2005) compelling new novel, a car crash provides the catalyst for an examination of how well we know the people we love. April and Isabelle, both fleeing their marriages, collide on a foggy, deserted stretch of road. Only Isabelle survives, and though blameless, she is haunted by guilt. In search of healing, she finds herself drawn to Charlie and Sam, April’s grief-stricken husband and son. Complicated relationships develop, and Leavitt thoughtfully handles friendship and romance in scenes of emotional resonance. She understands the ache of loss, the elusiveness of forgiveness, and the triteness of words like “closure.” An expert storyteller, Leavitt alternates perspective among her three leading characters, providing insight into the thoughts, secrets, and dreams that they withhold from each other. Whether these individuals will arrive at happiness separately or together is the question that drives the narrative, and the reader, forward as Leavitt teases suspense out of the greatest mystery of all—the workings of the human heart. --Patty WetliSee all Editorial Reviews
Well-written, interesting reflection on the way people's lives intertwine in surprising ways.Published 27 days ago by Sharon C
Started this book months ago and then it sat on my Kindle "shelf" for quite awhile before I opened it up again. Read morePublished 1 month ago by BlueStreak
What an absolutely wonderful book! I READ this book in one day. It was something different for a change..... Thanks Amazon.Published 2 months ago by ardgeorgia
The story was okay but sometimes I felt l lost in the story
And very disappointed with the ending it just came to a halt!
Loved the story, the emotions and love this book had within its pages. I hope there is a sequel, and many more.Published 2 months ago by Linda Bushell
A realistic novel. One which makes the reader believe that the plot could actually have happened. No profanity, no blatant sex. Read morePublished 2 months ago by auntie angel
I thoroughly enjoyed the story, the rich characters and tender emotions. I will definitely read another of Caroline Leavitt's books.Published 3 months ago by Carol
Loved the language of this book. The author dealt with tragic in a real way, as if she knew the characters quite well.Published 3 months ago by Linda J Starr