Flat-Out Love July 20, 2013
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Lark April 17, 2013
Lark Austin was murdered. She was brutally attacked and left tied to a tree, left to die from exposure in the frozen Virginia forest. This story is not really about Lark, but more about two of her former friends. Eve used to be close with Lark, sharing a love of swimming until events made her quit. Plagued by guilt, Eve wonders what might have been if she had been there for Lark. Nyetta is also plagued by the ghost of Lark, her former babysitter. Unable to rest in peace, Lark’s spirit is rooted to the tree she died under.
As her memory fades and her killer goes unpunished, Lark transforms into the tree. She is surrounded by the souls of others that have met similar fates, all trapped in their wooden coffins. Unable to come to terms with what she is experiencing, Nyetta reaches out to Eve. Together they acknowledge what has happened to their friend to set her soul free.
A quick, compelling read, Lark really makes an impact. I read the whole book in one sitting, quickly propelling myself towards the satisfying conclusion. A must for fans of Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones or Katie Williams’s The Space Between Trees.
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Emily’s Dress and Other Missing Things by Kathryn Burak February 14, 2013
Clair has relocated to Amherst, MA with her father after her mother’s suicide and the disappearance of her best friend Richy. Plagued by sadness and what ifs, Clair finds solace in Emily Dickinson. Her poetry, her home, her life, even her dress become soothing balms to Clair’s hurt.
Clair breaks into the Emily Dickinson house and steals her dress. With the help of her less-than-appropriately behaved student teacher, Tate, Clair attempts to right some wrongs. Will she discover what really happened to Richy? Will she come to terms with her mother’s death? Will Emily’s dress be returned in one piece? You’ll have to find out for yourself.
Emily’s Dress and Other Missing Things is a lyrical gem. Kathryn Burak strikes the perfect tone between mystery and self-discovery. Never a fan of Dickinson or poetry myself, I am now off to get acquainted with Emily and her works.
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