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David is a 12-year-old boy in 1976 when he first discovers Rebecca Anne, the young black girl living in the abandoned culvert by the bay. Captivated first by her, and then her harrowing story of murder and ghostly revenge, he joins her in unearthing the secrets of her past.
Sheila is a young wife new to Manhattan when the Twin Towers come down, apparently taking her husband with them. And yet she insists that he is not dead, only missing. As the months go by, her stubborn hope wanes, leaving her to confront an even older loss, a decades-old emotional scar that will no longer stay buried.
Two stories, perfectly intertwined across the decades. Two people awaiting the return of the dead, one with morbid terror, the other with dwindling hope.
And in the end, both tales culminate in one kiss between life and death, secret and hidden beneath the canopy of the weeping willow, and the breeze of the bay, and the embalming black shroud of the Nightmare Pearl.
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By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 11-02-16
To be honest, I didn't know what to expect from this book. I didn't bother to read the synopsis, which I seem to be doing a lot lately!!, and instead just dove right in. I've read other books by this author and enjoyed them and was hopeful of this one. Well, what a completely captivating, emotional and mysterious read.
The plot is told from 2 different POVs. First is David, whom befriends a homeless black girl, Rebecca Anne, in a time where it was frowned upon. David doesn't see the harm of it and the two hit it off. When he finds out her story and why she is leaving homeless, he tries to help her piece together what happened.
Then we have Sheila, whom lives in Manhattan at the time the twin towers came down. Her husband was in those towers when they came down, but Sheila refuses to accept that he is dead, only missing.
"Two stories, perfectly intertwined across the decades. Two people awaiting the return of the dead, one with morbid terror, the other with dwindling hope. "
The plot of this weaves a tale of two different decades and two different people, but accumulates in a ghostly, tearful and emotional tale. Reading about the twin towers was just heartbreaking! It never fails to draw a tear! The author tells 2 different tales but seemlessly brings them together in a surprising and unexpected way. It's by no means fast paced, but the story is told in such a way that it will leave you wanting more.
I have to say that I loved how the author put his own book inside this one. Sheila is a writer and wrote a book called The Girl on the Dock. Well that is a book written by this author!! He also plugs some of his other works, which was brilliant! Lol.
In all, this was an amazing read and one I still think of days after reading it! Loved it.
Both narrators did a great job reading this!! Both brought the book to life and realy captured the emotional and tender feeling of parts of it.
I received this from the author for free via Audiobook Boom. This in NO way affected or influenced my thoughts.
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By Terminator Fan on 10-19-16
Note: In exchange for an unbiased review, the author, publisher, and/or narrator were kind enough to provide an audio version of this book at no charge via AudiobookBlast.
This was my second G. Norman Lippert book. The first one was Red Eye, and based on that I figured this one would be similar in nature - some supernatural/creepy stuff mixed with maybe a bit of true to life mystery (because of the "missing" husband). Now I realize I had no clue what I was getting myself in for with this one.
But that doesn't mean it was a bad thing. By the time it was nearing the end, and the two different (seemingly unconnected) story threads were woven together in the beautiful way they were, it wasn't disappointing at all that this was something totally unexpected. Part of that was because the story itself moved along at a good pace, not getting bogged down with unnecessary exposition. And the other part of that was because of the narrators - they did an excellent job. The author pulled off some great writing tricks, too - leading you to believe or think something completely off-base before it all ties together.
But in the end, this is a love story, carried out in a beautiful, heartbreaking manner. Recommended.
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