An unexpected surprise with this disaster narrative! I was sent this book from Dutton as an Advanced Reader Copy. A love story, weaved between tragedy. I really enjoyed this fast-moving thriller. The ending was twisty and not at all what I was expecting, and I loved that! I found myself skimming around the middle, getting frustrated with the wife's pursuit of her husband, who keeps conveniently missing her calls ("ANSWER THE PHONE! " was what I was silently yelling to myself - which tells me this book really got under my skin). The plot is terrifyingly realistic, as we race through the narrative to find out who is responsible for the terrorist attack. 4/5 stars!
Plot from Goodreads:
On a typical late summer day, Julia Swann is on the phone with her husband, Michael, when the call abruptly goes dead. Then the news rolls in: A bomb has gone off at Penn Station, where Michael was waiting for a train home. New York City is in a state of chaos.
A frantic Julia races to the city to look for Michael, her panic interwoven with memories of meeting and falling in love with the husband she's now desperate to find. When someone finds a flier she's posted and tells her they may have seen her husband, her dreams seem to be answered. Yet as she tries to find him, her calls go unanswered.
Weaving between the aftermath of the explosion and Julia's memories of her life with Michael, new developments raise troubling questions. Did Michael survive the explosion? Why hasn't he contacted her? What was he doing when their last call was cut off? Was he—or is he still—the man she fell in love with?
Twist, after twist, after twist! I can't stop raving about this book, and I am thrilled that Booksparks included this in their Spring Reading Challenge #src2018. I would categorize this as a domestic drama, but there is mystery and thriller woven throughout. I gave this one a solid 5 stars because of the character development, moral dilemmas, and plot development. I love that you get to see things from different points of view, making each characters decisions more and more complex. I was completely absorbed in a whirlwind of emotion. A problematic love affair, a car crash, and the rollercoaster of grief, makes life more complicated for the neighbours of this street. I highly recommend this book!
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