Wonderfully written


Until She Comes Home by Lori Roy

Book Review:  4 out of 5 stars

The author does a wonderful job of slowly building up this multi-layered character study. It’s a quiet book, not very fast paced, that gradually pulls you into the lives of the people of this community in the 1950’s and their fears, desires, lies and secrets. It’s packed with the various stories of the hidden lives of each of these neighbors that twist and wind together into a compelling tale. To say too much about the plot would be to give away some of the shocks that this book contains. Suffice it to say that this is a fascinating read as you watch this once respectable neighborhood gradually crumble into chaos around its residents.

It’s very suspenseful. I don’t care much for “women in distress” type of books where there’s a woman in trouble and there’s a handsome police officer or detective or neighbor or whatever who you know will eventually save her from the bad guys. This book is so much more than that. The mysteries involved are completely unpredictable in their outcome and will keep you guessing. The book also touches on the racial conflicts in Detroit during that time and how integration affected this community.
This book has so many layers to it and is so masterfully written with genuine, true-to-life believable characters .  Recommended.

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