Today’s team review is from Judith, she blogs at http://judithbarrowblog.com/
Judith has been reading Letting Go by Kimberly Wenzler
I gave Letting Go by Kimberly Wenzler 5*
I loved Letting Go by Kimberly Wenzler It’s an easy read; one you can put down and look forward to picking it up again – and be able to follow immediately.. It’s a book lightly touched by plot, threaded through by a mystery that is only revealed at the end, with various strands of relationships for the reader to follow with the narrator, Lucy. Lucy is also the protagonist and therein lies the shock. I don’t give away spoilers so I’ll leave that one hanging there
Based in Long Island, New York, USA there are enough descriptions of settings to show the ordinary lives of the characters. The conventional families, friendships, courtships are a backdrop against a dreadful incident some two years earlier.
And, for me, the strength of the book is in these characters; so rounded, so strongly drawn that I could see and believe in them immediately. The touches of characterisation, observation and human interaction are authentic and realistic. The conversations, together with the internal dialogue work well, defining each of the characters and their narratives, each moving the story on..
But what I really like is the way the darker themes, the story of Ben, a teenage neighbour, and the criminal world he is inevitably drawn into, are interwoven with the poignant and tender relationship between Max and Sammy, Lucy’s husband and son.
It’s not a fast-paced book but I think Letting Go is paced, I love the author’s writing style; so fitting for this kind of novel. A very satisfying and original read. One I can thoroughly recommend.