Nicole Baart is one of my favorite writers of fiction. I'm not sure blog or a blog tour, but however it was, I started right reading at the very beginning, when After the Leaves Fall was published. I fell in love with those characters and have purchased every single book she's written since, on pub day, and opened the cover that very day. Each book has become more complex and I've finished each one thinking she couldn't get any better. I'm always wrong. Sleeping in Eden is her best book to date.how I first found Nicole online, it may have been her
She knew what he wrote . . . One little word that made her feel both cheated and beloved.
One word that changed everything.
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
Mysterious and haunting, beautifully written prose, and incredibly complex characters make up a great read. It made me totally uncomfortable exactly where it should (if that makes any sense at all) and I wanted to strangle more than one of the characters on occasion.
I flew through this in a day, though the words are really meant to be savored. Nicole Baart's writing and her way with language will be stuck with you for days after finishing the story and you'll want another book right away. Write faster, Nicole Baart!
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Thanks to AuthorsOnTheWeb for the review copy!