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Sweet Karoline Paperback – July 9, 2013
Don Longmuir, Scene of the Crime Books:
"Lock the doors and windows. Tell the boss you're not coming in tomorrow. Because once you start this book, you won't stop until the end."
"When they said "Something wicked this way comes", they meant this book."
"If Shirley Jackson wrote a mystery, I'm pretty sure this would be that book."
"Scared me like Mary Jane Ward's The Snake Pit."
From the Author
Dear Reader, I sincerely hope you enjoy the ride that is Anne's journey. I actually "met" her three years ago, but got sidetracked from writing by breast cancer. Fortunately I was a lucky woman; my experience was relatively easy. The women who survived, or did not survive, are my heroes.
Lots of people wonder why I write such dark novels. I don't usually consider them "dark" myself, because they always end with hope and love conquering all. In a way, that does happen with Sweet Karoline too. I am simply fascinated with the human condition and all its facets, but I have a strong belief that we can overcome evil with goodness. Thus in my life I am quite a joyful optimist.
The best part about being a published author is getting to share what I have written. So please, don't hesitate to contact me and tell me what you think (politely please). Visit my website--and virtually, me. I would write anyway, but the delight is in knowing you've read my book.
Please do remember what I said about "never allowing the facts to get in the way of a good story". That's the motto I follow, so everything in this book has been brushed with a wild imagination. I hope you suspend belief and simply enjoy.
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The death of Karoline puts Anne into a tailspin, one she doesn't know how to stop, and probably one in which she doesn't know if she wants to stop. Past, present and future all seem to be intertwined. When she finds a box of letters written by Karoline but purportedly written by Anne she begins a journey of discovery and madness. Most importantly, she must begin to discover herself and this is one thing she can do, though not without Karoline's hatred following her. She must have a true acknowledgment of self both good and bad in order to become her true self.
Finding her family is the first step to recovery from the depth of her self reproach. The journey is one of bewilderment and danger, loss of friendship and self. Who is really writing the diary? Is it Karoline or is it Anne? Why does her family, long unknown to her, call Karoline the "other Anne?" Why didn't Karoline, her 'best' friend tell Anne about her family? But fulfillment is ahead as Anne begins to learn her family history, bond with her very ill mother and her siblings. There is so much she doesn't know and must learn as quickly as possible or her whole life may come tumbling down again. This book was written in a compelling manner. I found myself drawn in more the more I read. Life is never all it seems and truth is not always easy to seek, find, or accept. I fell in love with Anne and her family as well as the acceptance it brought. Catherine Astolfo has created a fine-tuned instrument that brings music to heal the soul.
Thank you Astolfo, for your preternatural patience in delicately weaving mystery and suspense into an original, haunting story, for the deliciously dark peeks into the human soul, and for an overall twist that further lifts this novel well above mediocrity.
Yours in literature,
The only issue I had with this book is that it's hard to follow sometimes. I wasn't completely sure about the timeline, but it didn't stop me from enjoying it. As a fast reader and a lot of down time, I can read about two or three books a week and I can say this is one of the better books I've read in the last few months.
[SPOILER]I hate putting spoilers but I felt like I needed to touch on one theme in particular. As a birth mother, I appreciate greatly how the issue of adoption was handled. Keeping secrets, especially as one as big as a person's idenity, is dangerous. I loved that Anne connected with her birth family, and while there was still some resentment, she was able to accept her adopted parents into her life. Adoption is usually portrayed horribly in media and I appreciate how it was handled. [/END SPOILER]
Sweet Karoline kept me interested and on my toes. The epilouge tied everything together nicely but still left you wondering how things really happened. It's a great book and I would recommend it to anyone. I am definitely going to check out what other books this author has written.