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Yesterday's Sun: A Novel Paperback – February 12, 2013
This month's Book With Buzz: "The Lying Game" by Ruth Ware
From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers "In a Dark, Dark Wood" and "The Woman in Cabin 10" comes Ruth Ware’s chilling new novel, "The Lying Game." See more
Holly Corrigan’s death is foretold early in this limited, occasionally charming novel; indeed, she knows of it herself well in advance. Stumbling upon a “moondial” in her new garden, she is able to see a future in which she dies in childbirth. She must then choose to either die or prevent the birth of a child she comes to love in her visions. This seems a static and unpleasant premise from the get-go—and it is—so it is a happy surprise to find that, despite the premise, Brooke’s humble, engaging prose is enough to propel one through a good portion of the book. Holly and Tom are a likable pair, and her investigation of the dial’s magic, as well as her emotional progression, is initially interesting. Eventually, though, her vacillations become tiring and the book becomes suffocating, since it consists chiefly of these internal movements. Its weaknesses are more evident the longer it is drawn out, with characters and relationships beginning to feel flat and the ending a formality, though Brooke does have a few twists up her sleeve. --Meg Kinney
'A haunting and heartbreaking story that stayed with me long after I'd finished' - Fern Britton
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Brooke's story is a powerful blend of romance and the supernatural. Holly's devotion to Tom is deep and abiding; she is willing to make any sacrifice to keep him safe and happy. After enduring a traumatic childhood, she is thrilled to be in a solid relationship with a wonderful and kindhearted man. In addition, Holly's career as a sculptor is taking off; she has commissions to fill for a gallery and as well as for a private patron. Meanwhile, Tom is assigned to travel abroad, giving Holly a great deal of time to brood about the uncertainties that lie ahead. As events unfold, it becomes increasingly clear that no one, no matter how determined or focused, can completely control his or her destiny. "Yesterday's Sun" is a bittersweet tale that is a metaphor for the choices we make and those that are made for us. Amanda Brooke has crafted a poignant, enigmatic, and evocative work of fiction that is filled with tenderness and tinged with sorrow.
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A book that is so hard to sum into words and yet hit me right in the heart.Read more