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The Color Of Light by Karen White

I'm not sure why I kept reading this book or why someone on the back cover of this book calls the author's prose "lyrical." That is not a descriptor that I would attach to this novel.

The Color Of Light by Karen White is ultimately a love story dressed up and masquerading as a mystery. Jillian is pregnant, newly divorced, and struggling to find her way on her own with her daughter. She returns with her daughter to Pawleys Island, SC, her childhood home of warm summer memories to heal and start a new life. Linc is bitter, haunted by the disappearance of his girlfriend whom he was accused of killing one summer, and trying to resist the attraction he now feels to Jillian despite her perceived betrayal that summer when Lauren, his girlfriend and her best friend, disappeared. Lauren was never to be seen nor heard from again after that summer. This is the story of Jillian and Linc and how they each begin heal together after they lay to rest the past that scarred both of them.

Ultimately the thing that annoyed me the most about this book was the unnaturalness and awkwardness of the characters' dialogue and sometimes even the writing in general. In the end the draw is the characters and the mystery that destroyed their lives one summer and now threatens to destroy their lives again.

I don't think I can recommend you try this book because reading it did not leave a screaming desire for me to check out any of the author's other works. But if you want to check it out anyway you can request it from Annville Free Library. Good luck.

--Reviewed by Ms. Angie


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