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    Thanks to Goodreads for this book, which I won in a give-away! I enjoyed it, and am sure that this will be coming soon to a silver screen near you. The story begins in 1982, somewhere in a seemingly idyllic town of upstate New York. Three young teens (Matthew, Patrick and Hannah) spend a day together, a brutal and disturbing crime is committed, and their lives are changed forever. This is the first Christopher Yates book I’ve read, and I will go back to read his debut novel, Black Chalk. Narration alternates between Matthew, Patrick and Hannah. The characters are complex, yet the writing is concise and conversational. You are able to just allow the flow of the book and the characters’ emotions take you along on their journey. Another praise for the writing style is that it really paints a picture you can see in your mind. You can see the places where this is happening with such clarity. As for a synopsis of the book, I don’t want to give anything away! There are quite a few plot twists that you are better off not knowing. Suffice it to say that August 18, 1982, will link these three together forever. As I started the book, I really thought that perhaps it wasn’t for me (after the horrible crime that was committed). Then bam, there is a surprise fairly early in the book, and you are left scratching your head, thinking what?? I had to keep reading to find out how in the world that happened, and became totally engrossed in the story. So stop reading other people’s review! You really want to go into this not knowing what happens next. It is an intense read, full of love and tragedy, truth and lies, good and evil.
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    Great read

    Different from the usual crime writing I enjoy but in a good way. The characters are one and all both likeable and flawed and this kept me off balance as to where the story is heading and who’s “side to pick”. The little things we say, unintentionally, can mean so much to others!

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