Gretchen by Shannon Kirk – #BOOKREVIEW


The new tenants have a terrible secret. So do the landlord and his daughter…

Ever since Lucy was two, she’s been on the run alongside her mother. She’s never understood the reason for a lifetime of paranoia, aliases, and lies. All she understands are the rules: never lock eyes with strangers, never let down your guard, and always be ready to move on.

Finally, after thirteen years and eleven states, their next hideaway seems perfect. An isolated, fortresslike place in the New Hampshire woods is the new home they share with its owner, a gentlemanly pianist, and his lonely daughter, Gretchen. She’s Lucy’s age and soon becomes Lucy’s first real friend.

But Gretchen and her father have secrets of their own—and an obsession with puzzles that draws Lucy into a terrifying new game of hide-and-seek. Lucy’s dark past is about to come calling. And this time, for her and her mother in the house on the hill, it might be too late to run

My Review

This is the first book I’ve picked up by Shannon Kirk and I am so happy I did! This read was everything; a little sadness and despair, adventure, and very mysterious with an other-worldly spin that had me guessing until the reveal.

I admit that I had no clue the twist would be so warped. Yes, you’re guided through a mother-daughter relationship that isn’t conventional by any means, but your heart is wrenched throughout trying to understand the reasons behind it. Given bits and pieces of crucial information throughout, slowly peels the mystery away until you’re faced with the bomb that was dropped. After all that, it still keeps going with a side plot that gets tied in nicely offering a more intriguing look into the lives of our neighbors and that we truly don’t know who people really are.

This is a must-read for anyone who loves a good mystery!

More about Shannon Kirk here – Website
Twitter – ShannonCKirk

My top 14 books of all time are as follows, in the following order–as in, if I was allowed only 14 books to bring to a deserted island where I was marooned for the rest of my life, these are what I would pack:

1. Love in the Time of Cholera (Gabo)
2. Orphan Master’s Son (Adam Johnson)
3. The Mummy Market (Nancy Brelis), tragically out of print, which makes ZERO sense because it’s a classic
4. The Incarnations (Susan Barker) AMAZING
5. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
6. Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern)
7. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden) 
8. Swamplandia, and every single word ever written by: (Karen Russell)
9. Everything is Illuminated (Jonathan Safran Foer)
10. The Keep, Jennifer Egan
11. The Sea (John Banville)
12. Someone Else’s Love Story, Joshilyn Jackson.
13. Kiss the Girls (Patterson) 
14. The Great Alone, Kristin Hannah

Further to my literary likes, I consider Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Charles Dickens to be actual, literal geniuses; if we had brain scans of their brains, we wouldn’t understand what we’re seeing. I prefer more prose than dialogue; prefer poetry over intricate plot, but love if I can have both (hence, Love in the Time of Cholera being #1 and Orphan Master’s Son #2).

But I’m never really consistent with this anyway. If I’m pulled to keep reading the book, I’ll keep reading the book.

My reviews are all and will only ever be of books I love. I do not finish books I don’t like, so it’s not fair for me to review them

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