Title: Desire Lines
Author: Christina Baker Kline
Release Date: August 12, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
When Kathryn Campbell’s best friend Jennifer vanished the night of their high school graduation, Kathryn knew nothing was ever going to be the same. Now, 10 years later, Kathryn is back home, with no job and a failed marriage. A friend asks Kathryn to do an anniversary piece on Jennifer’s disappearance for the local paper, and Kathryn reluctantly agrees. But what she finds doesn’t quite add up, and Kathryn must risk everything if she’s to discover what happened to Jennifer once and for all.
Desire Lines is a novel about how childhood traumas can haunt us and define us in ways we can’t imagine. The main character, Kathryn, doesn’t even realize how damaged she was by Jennifer’s disappearance. She still lives in that moment, unable to connect with people or trust them. She is paralyzed in both her personal and professional lives as a result. Kathryn can be incredibly frustrating, but in the best possible way: It takes a talented author to write a character who gets under your skin because she is so unwilling to help herself, yet you can still absolutely understand and sympathize with why she acts as she does. Kline did a great job writing Kathryn, and it’s interesting to watch her shake off the sleep and rise to the heights you know she can, especially as the storyline is engaging and compulsively readable. Those who enjoy character-driven fiction in the guise of a mystery novel should absolutely seek this book out.
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