From the author of Remember Mia comes the tale of a young woman in search of her past, and the mother who will do anything to keep it hidden...
What if you were the worst crime your mother ever committed?
Dahlia Waller's childhood memories consist of stuffy cars, seedy motels, and a rootless existence traveling the country with her eccentric mother. Now grown, she desperately wants to distance herself from that life. Yet one thing is stopping her from moving forward: she has questions.
In order to understand her past, Dahlia must go back. Back to her mother in the stifling town of Aurora, Texas. Back into the past of a woman on the brink of madness. But after she discovers three grave-like mounds on a neighboring farm, she ll learn that in her mother s world of secrets, not all questions are meant to be answered...
This one took me a little while to get into. While I thought it was good, the story had more of a slow burn plot line and at times it was tedious. The ending more than made up for it though. We follow multiple POVs throughout the book; Quinn, Dehlia, Aella, and Memphis. It's going to sound confusing hearing all their stories, but I promise it'll all make sense once the end is near.
I wish I would have loved this as much as I did when I first picked it up. While it was slow start for me, I had the anticipation that it would get better and that I would be wowed - but that just wasn't the case. I wasn't ever wowed and instead the book dragged. At times when reading, I thought I could enjoy the complexity of the characters and the way their lives intertwined. The mystery came and went; but by that time I was only a little invested.
Maybe if I was a bit more invested in the story I could see myself loving it. But in the end, it just fell flat. I wanted more. More action, maybe? It just wasn't enough. Too much tell and not enough show. Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author:
Born in Fulda, Germany, a baroque town in the East Hesse Highlands, I spent my childhood accompanying my two older brothers on local countryside adventures, roaming abandoned farm houses, ancient beech woods cratered by WW2 bombings, and sandstone towers rumored to have housed witches waiting to be burned at the stakes. A gluttonous reader long before online bookstores, grocery store crime novels, and large book chains cropped up in every city, I made do with a small town library in the city hall building. After I exhausted the children's section, I moved on to crime fiction and serial killers.
While pursuing literary translations, I decided to tell my own stories. After three years of writing classes and gluttonous reading, my short fiction appeared in the Freedom Fiction Journal, All Things Girl, and MUSED Literary Review.
I currently live in Central Texas with my husband, my daughter, and two Chocolate Labrador Retrievers.
I am currently working on my third novel.