Review: The Art of Going Home by Nicole Sorrell
The first time Angeline and I talked after she died was about a month after her murder. Some days before, I’d discovered that my gold butterfly necklace was missing. We were given matching necklaces on our eighth birthday, and Angeline had been buried with hers. I was heartbroken. In a dream, Angeline told me to check my tennis shoes. Although I’d worn them twice since the necklace was lost, I found it tangled in the laces. After that, I always listened to her, and she never failed me. She told me when to avoid Father because he was angry; the days Mother was up to talking; and when Aunt Ceci was going to fix my favorite dinner of cheese-stuffed fried peppers: chiles rellenos.
Death from illness or even accidental death of a young child is a heartbreak within itself. An act of murder against a young child is unforgivable and…unforgettable. Sorrell captivates her readers with the resonance of a destructive past life and the desire for a better future…one with closure. The characters that this author has created are very easy to emphasize with and the tragedy that befalls these families are quite criminal. The Art of Going Home is suspenseful and thought-provoking with some added romance to boot. Sorrell provides an enthralling story that will leave readers compelled to find out the mystery behind her sister’s murder.
Maddie returns home to attend her Aunt Ceci’s funeral. Aunt Ceci meant the world to her; her life depended on that woman being there during her childhood…especially after her sister’s death. Fighting the memories that make their way to the surface upon her arrival, she is happy to see some of her old friends and family, but her father’s bitterness strikes a chord right away. It has been a decade, yet her father’s words still resonate with hatred and deceit. Her high school crush, Zac was also very fond of Aunt Ceci. With his presence and calmness over the situation, her father leaves the funeral, also leaving Maddie’s feelings of uncertainty about returning home, a dominant force within the forefront of her mind. Then, without warning…her sister’s voice starts to talk to her again. She knows that she isn’t crazy, but she can’t explain the way that she just knows certain things, like where to find things that have been missing for years—or hidden. Her persistence into the murder investigation that was conducted so long ago, unravels many threats and Maddie finds herself unable to trust those around her.
Sorrell is knowledgeable with her writing aspects and research; however, this read does lack a bit of emotion throughout specific scenes. This author does a great job with character development and originality. Due to certain aspects of this novel, the author may have become withdrawn in order to write the scenes, which may be the leading factor behind lack of emotion. The pace is quick, but not so quick as to hinder understanding or perception. Sorrell has a mesmerizing novel that will both captivate and immerse the reader into the mysterious plot that unfolds before them. If you are a reader of women’s fiction and mysteries, you may be interested in picking this story up.
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