Thursday, August 28, 2014

Desire Lines: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline

(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)
about book:

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?

my thoughts:

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
Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!


The Bookworm said...

I have heard of this author and it, I'll have to keep an eye out, this one sounds good. I like the 80's flashbacks!

Nadia said...

Naida, definitely check her work out - its really good! Who doesn't love 80s flashbacks - LOL!

Lark said...

No matter how well-read I think I am there are always new authors to discover...like Christina Baker Kline. How have I missed her books? Desire Lines sounds like a great read. (And Baker like a great author.) Thanks for turning me onto to both. :)

Nadia said...

Lark, I feel the same way, which is why I read book blogs - to discover new-to-me authors :) Hope you enjoy Kline's works as much as I have!

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

I'm so pleased that you are enjoying her books more and more.

Thanks for being a part of the tour! I'm featuring your review on TLC's Facebook page today.

Lisa said...

Orphan Train was one of those books that got so much hype that I decided to steer clear of it. Not sure why that happens with me sometimes; it's not really a conscious thing. But you've convinced me I need to read Kline so maybe I'll start with this one and convince myself to move onto Orphan Train!

Nadia said...

Heather, this was such a great read - I love Kline's books! Thanks!

Lisa, read The Orphan Train - you will love it! And I know what you mean, I usually avoid the "most talked about" books as well ;)