Author: Courtney Summers
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: December 21, 2010
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When Eddie Reeves’s father commits suicide her life is consumed by the nagging question of why? Why when he was a legendary photographer and a brilliant teacher? Why when he seemed to find inspiration in everything he saw? And, most important, why when he had a daughter who loved him more than anyone else in the world? When she meets Culler Evans, a former student of her father’s and a photographer himself, an instant and dangerous attraction begins. Culler seems to know more about her father than she does and could possibly hold the key to the mystery surrounding his death. But Eddie’s vulnerability has weakened her and Culler Evans is getting too close. Her need for the truth keeps her hanging on...but are some questions better left unanswered?
I fell in love with Eddie's voice in this novel. It's perfection. She feels so real. Her thoughts, her actions, her reactions, her honesty, her lies. I connected with her. I felt like she could be me. Or you. Eddie's a superbly believable and sympathetic character. The supporting characters are complex and wonderful as well. I loved them. I hated them. I felt sorry for them. I wanted to kick them. I felt things while reading them, and that is how I know they're great characters.
The book is short (~230 pages), but it does not suffer for it. The plot is well paced - neither rushed nor drawn out - and is driven by Eddie's attempts to find out why her father would have killed himself, her contemplations, and her interactions with the people in her life as they all go through the grieving process. It sucked me right in, and I read the whole thing in one sitting. Though the search for a person after their death is something that's not exactly new, I never felt like I had read this story before. I highly recommend it.