Finding Charlie Kindle Edition
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From the Author
- ASIN : B017RL9NPC
- Publisher : Kindle Press (December 15, 2015)
- Publication date : December 15, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 1214 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 172 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1521180717
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #550,112 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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The Charlie of the title is the younger sister of the first narrator, Olivia. She and her father raised Charlie after Mom left them 12 years ago. Now Charlie is missing, and even her best friend doesn't know where she is. Just as the reader is won over to Olivia's side, Charlie herself takes over narrative duties and we learn where she is and why. Each additional voice complicates the plot and increases the reader's empathy -- there are no villains in this piece, only ordinary, messed-up people trying to do the right thing. Things are not neatly wrapped up at the end, but it feels like a new beginning for everybody.
Where the story really comes alive, though, is in the second part. Narrated by Charlie, it starts to suggest some answers to the questions hinted at by Olivia’s search for her sister. All of a sudden the canvas feels a lot bigger, all without losing the intimacy of what is, in essence, a story about a fractured family trying to put itself back together again.
This book does a great job of working with both meanings of the title--a physical search to find Charlie by her family, and the search that Charlie does to find herself. The synopsis leads readers to believe that this is much more of a mystery, but really it ends up being a solid family drama with a few twists.
The only part about this book that seemed abrupt is the ending. While the family was just finding all of the pieces and considering how they fit together again, the story's over. It would be interesting to see what happens with this family in the future.
One day Charlie turns up missing. No one can reach her – not her father, not her sister, not her bestie. Worse, no one knows why she left without her car or cell phone.
The cops are no help, so Olivia starts piecing together Charlie’s last day and eventually learns she left town with a male acquaintance. Olivia traipses after her, eventually finding her in a place she didn’t expect, with a person she never wanted to see again.
Finding Charlie is about the ties that bind - the ties that bind until they chafe and more. Inter-family dynamics are explored as well as themes of independence, forgiveness, accountability, and love.
Maggie Toussaint and Rigel Carson for Muddy Rose Reviews
Top reviews from other countries
As with the author’s other books, the spotlight here is on modern family life and relationships. In this novel multiple strands of the past are cleverly unravelled; two sisters discover that there is more than they ever suspected hidden within their family’s past. Great characterisation, nice buildup of suspense, crisp writing. Overall a very enjoyable read. Highly recommended for women's and contemporary fiction readers.