Harry Ackerson has always considered his step-mother Alice to be sexy and beautiful, in an “other worldly” way. She has always been kind and attentive, if a little aloof in the last few years.
Days before his college graduation, Alice calls with shocking news. His father is dead and the police think it’s suicide. Devastated, he returns to his father’s home in Maine. There, he and Alice will help one another pick up of the pieces of their lives and uncover what happened to his father.
Shortly after he arrives, Harry meets a mysterious young woman named Grace McGowan. Though she claims to be new to the area, Harry begins to suspect that Grace may not be a complete stranger to his family. But she isn’t the only attractive woman taking an interest in Harry. The sensual Alice is also growing closer, coming on to him in an enticing, clearly sexual way.
Mesmerized by these two women, Harry finds himself falling deeper under their spell. Yet the closer he gets to them, the more isolated he feels, disoriented by a growing fear that both women are hiding dangerous—even deadly—secrets . . . and that neither one is telling the truth (From Goodreads)
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I rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars.
I just finished this a few hours ago, and my very first thought was, “What the F#@^ did I just read?” And I mean that in the best possible way. From start to finish this book it creepy, and weird, and morally wrong. But I was drawn in to this crazy world. It’s told in Part One, and Part Two, Part one being Past Alice and Present Harry and Part Two Being Past and Present Jake, and Present Harry.
These people are wrong, just sick, and twisted. And I liked it. For the most part, I believe some of the characters were products of their environments, you know how sometimes the abusee becomes the abuser? This book kind of touches on that. If someone grows up a certain way, does it make it easier to understand, because that’s all they knew to be normal?
There was a lot of twists at the end of this book, once you think you get your answer, and everyone is going to move on, than BAM! One last crazy thing happens. That ending had me thinking “Well you know what they say about karma” I thought it was absolute poetic justice.
I really loved Swanson’s story telling, and his multi faceted characters, I liked that not all of them were what they seemed. I love an unreliable narrator, multiple ones I love even more. I think Swanson has a fan for life in me, and I cannot wait to see what his brilliant mind comes up with next. I think fan’s of “All The Ugly And Wonderful Things” will love this book.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR-s the author of three novels: The Girl With a Clock For a Heart, an LA Times Book Award finalist; The Kind Worth Killing, winner of the New England Society Book Award, and finalist for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger; and his most recent, Her Every Fear. His books have been translated into 30 languages, and his stories, poetry, and features have appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Atlantic Monthly, Measure, The Guardian, The Strand Magazine, and Yankee Magazine.