Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Sleeping in Eden

Sleeping in Eden
Author: Nicole Baart
Publishers: Howard Books/Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: May 21, 2013
ISBN-13: 978-1439197363

Note: "I received a free copy of this book from Howard books, for my honest reviews.  The opinions expressed here are my own."


Book Description:
She knew what he wrote . . . One little word that made her feel both cheated and beloved. One word that changed everything. MINE. On a chilly morning in the Northwest Iowa town of Blackhawk, Dr. Lucas Hudson is filling in for the vacationing coroner on a seemingly open-and-shut suicide case. His own life is crumbling around him, but when he unearths the body of a woman buried in the barn floor beneath the hanging corpse, he realizes this terrible discovery could change everything. . . . Years before Lucas ever set foot in Blackhawk, Meg Painter met Dylan Reid. It was the summer before high school and the two quickly became inseparable. Although Meg’s older neighbor, Jess, was the safe choice, she couldn’t let go of Dylan no matter how hard she tried. Caught in a web of jealousy and deceit that spiraled out of control, Meg’s choices in the past ultimately collide with Lucas’s discovery in the present, weaving together a taut story of unspoken secrets and the raw, complex passions of innocence lost.

Idgie Says:
This is an crime thriller type of novel where two groups of people, who have nothing to do with each other and are a generation apart unexpectedly cross paths ........and those paths lead to death.

Lucas and the mysterious Angela are trying to solve a murder that is obviously not that fresh.  Lucas at first thinks the corpse is Angela, who disappeared years ago, but then Angela shows up determined to clear her father's name - as it was his barn the body was found in.

The books also hops back in time to a lover's trio of Meg, Dylan and Jess and the teen angst/unrequited love that caused a mess in their lives.  It's not until the end of the book that we discover what these two groups of people have to do with each other - an how easily small things can blow out of control and ruin lives. 

The book grips with interesting characters and the double story line.  A good, fast read that keeps you wondering how it all comes together in the end - and when you find out, you'll be floored at the simplicity of the endeavor that caused the entire mess.