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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train comes a novel about friendship and the memories that haunt us.
On the night of her high school graduation, Kathryn Campbell sits around a bonfire with her four closest friends, including the beautiful but erratic Jennifer. “I’ll be fine,” Jennifer says, as she walks away from the dying embers and towards the darkness of the woods. She never comes back.
Ten years later, Kathryn has tried to build a life for herself, with a marriage and a career as a journalist, but she still feels the conspicuous void of Jennifer’s disappearance. When her divorce sends her reeling back to the Maine town where she grew up, she finds herself plunged into a sea of memories. With nothing left to lose, she is determined to answer one simple question: What happened to Jennifer Pelletier?
Desire Lines is the third book I've read by Christina Baker Kline and I'm ready to declare myself an avid fan of her work. She's an author who can create engrossing stories involving families, friends, lovers and doesn't shy away from taboo topics (kissing cousins!). Kline writes women's fiction with such realistic details, relatable experiences, and fully developed characters that you can't but find yourself getting lost in one of her novels - they are fantastically riveting!
In Desire Lines we get to know Kathryn, a woman whose life is a bit of a mess. She's returned to her hometown just in time for her ten-year high school reunion. Inundated with memories from her past, she begins to work through the problems crowding her life and eventually discovers what path she should be on. Kathryn also manages to utilize her journalistic instincts to uncover the truth about the disappearance of her high school friend, Jennifer Pelletier (she disappeared the night they graduated). Filled with 80s flashbacks, family drama, and red herrings this book kept me up late at night - and I loved it!
I would definitely recommend Desire Lines to fans of Kline's works and fans of women's fiction. To find out what other bloggers are saying about this book, check out the link for the TLC Book Tour schedule of: Desire Lines