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Published by Penguin on April 7th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Women, Family Life, Fiction, Mystery & Detective
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New from the author of Beach Plum Island... A natural-born storyteller presents a gripping story about grief, anger, and the healing power of love. Sydney Bishop hasn’t returned to Haven Lake, her idyllic childhood home, since a pair of shocking, tragic deaths shattered her family when she was only sixteen. Now a child psychologist engaged to marry a successful surgeon, Sydney has worked hard to build a relationship with Dylan, her fiancé’s teenage son, so she feels nothing but empathy when he runs away—until she discovers that his hitchhiking journey has led him to Haven Lake and her mother Hannah’s sheep farm. Sydney returns to Haven Lake for the first time in twenty years to coax the boy home. Against her daughter’s wishes, Hannah offers to take Dylan in until he’s ready to reveal his own troubling secrets. Now, for Dylan’s sake as well as their own, Sydney and Hannah must confront the devastating events that tore them apart and answer the questions that still haunt their family—and the suspicious surrounding community—about what really caused two people to die on their farm those many years ago.CONVERSATION GUIDE INCLUDED
The thing that really caught my attention in this book is the different family relationships. Nothing is ever as it seems, and sometimes the craziness of the family is what can hold a person back, or set them free.
Haven Lake is told in three perspectives: Sydney, Hannah, and Dylan. I like that there are voices from three different generations. Dylan is a teen going through so many problems. He’s dealing with grief, possible love, his relationship with his father, and figuring out where he belongs in the world. Sydney is older. She’s a children’s psychologist, and is trying to bury her past without resolving what happened. Hannah just wants to know where she went wrong with raising her daughter, and lives among the ghosts of times she sometimes wishes she could forget.
The pacing is pretty slow, but it covers almost an entire summer. If you like family drama this is definitely worth the read. There are so many skeletons in the closet with Hannah and Sydney. Sydney is Hannah’s daughter and doesn’t want anything to do with her. Their relationship is strained, and neither of them can get past it. Dylan is trying to outrun a situation he found himself in, and questions everything about himself. He also doesn’t know how he feels about his dad marrying Sydney. He feels like he can’t remember his mom because of his dad’s reactions.
I liked seeing how each character came to terms with themselves. Secrets are uncovered, and some family drama is put to rest.
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