Genre: Adult Coming of Age
Publisher: Penguin Books
Pub. Date: May 3, 2022
A sorrowful coming-of-age narrative about a twelve-year-old girl whose eleven-year-old sister dies. There was an age-appropriate competition between them. The author has us reading in between the lines to understand that if the younger sister hadn’t died, they would have grown to be close adult siblings. The setting is a typical New Jersey suburban community in the 1980s, where nothing evil is supposed to happen. Winn captures the era perfectly, as well as the cul-de-sac where the kids play and live.
We learn on the first page that this isn’t the first time the older sister has witnessed death up close. Their five-year-old next-door neighbor is abducted and later found murdered. The novel is quite well written. Winn does an excellent job of capturing every parent’s worst nightmare. This is novel is also a murder mystery. However, the story’s true strength lies in the sisters’ relationship, particularly the older girl’s heartbeaking inner world.
I received this Advance Review Copy (ARC) novel from the publisher at no cost in exchange for an honest review.
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