This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.
My Sunshine Away
On a normal street in Baton Rouge, an area that nice families lived in and did normal things- cook outs, walking dogs, kids playing with each other.
But, walking around in that normal, every day setting is someone who wants to hurt. Who wants to inflict pain on someone.
One night, when Lindy- the pretty girl, the popular girl, the girl who was fearless and exciting finds out exactly how dark people can be.
Wanting answers, her parents begin talking to the neighbors. The police talk to the neighbors. There are suspects- but the smoking gun is lacking.
What happens next is a tale of innocence lost, finding out about love, trying to make amends, and examining life- what does it mean to be good man? Our narrator tells the tale of the night that life changed on that street, how the aftermath affected everyone- and ultimately reveals many truths- not just about that night, but about life.
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
So, this book is on everyone’s lips. EVERYONE I know is talking about this book, can’t wait to read this book. And, it’s good. M.O. Walsh nails the teenage boys mindset and sets up each chapter with a cliff hanger-ish type ending so that you MUST keep turning pages to find out what happened next.
I liked that our narrator was a suspect. And, to be quite honest, I never really, until the end, could say if he did it or not. His love (veering potentially toward obsession) of Lindy made me wonder. He would tell things, he would talk about being honest- but he had, at times, the flavorings of an unreliable narrator.
I liked how real he made the setting feel. Maybe it’s because I live in the South and can understand much of what he talked about- but it was like I could feel the oppressive heat at times, taste the food, visualize the exact places he was mentioning.
The tension. Each chapter ends with a cliff hanger type sentence- and it makes you want to read ONE MORE CHAPTER. And, eventually, you get to a point in the book that things are happening so fast that it doesn’t matter that you need to go to bed- you MUST know what happens next.
When we find out the point of the narration. It was perfect.
I wanted to know who committed the crime against Lindy. I mean that was a big point of the book- but it wasn’t the only point. And, last night, at one point, I just kind of shook the book and said “Tell me who the bad guy is!” So, for me, while the book wasn’t really TOO long (it’s at 300 pages- I think 302, actually)- in the last 50 pages, I started feeling anxious. Tense. And I needed to know. And it was almost like M.O. Walsh drew this info out just a page or two (maybe 5 too long).
Overall: It’s worth the hype.
*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T