God damn. It's currently past 5 in the morning and I've just finished the book. The first thing that hooked me was LeHane's ability to create characters that felt real. I can honestly say that throughout the book, I could relate to most of the characters in one way or another. This with his impeccable writing had me DEVOURING the book. My book is underlined in so many places with passages that I read, re-read and then read once more. His writing is so beautiful and mesmerizing but at the same time raw and honest. I didn't expect a thriller/mystery to have such a delicate and romantic style but I'm in love and I can't wait to pick up another one of his books.
I'll let the writing speak for itself, here are some of my favorite quotes:
"A fading hope hung in both her eyes like matching flaws, a neediness that Sean knew rarely attracted any other kind of man but the predatory kind."
"Sean watched the sun begin its decent through the trees, turning the Pen a rusty gold, adding a red glow to the treetops. Sean thinking if he were dead that's one of the things he'd probably miss most, the colors, the way they could come out of nowhere and surprise you, even though they could make you feel slightly sad, too, small, like you didn't belong here."
"Brendan Harris loved Katie Marcus like crazy, loved her like movie love, with an orchestra booming through his blood and flooding his ears. He loved her waking up, going to bed, loved her all day and every second in between."
"...Jimmy felt sadness take root in him, nestle up against his insides as if finding a warm home, and he didn't even try to wish it back out again, because some part of him understood that there was no point."
"Over his mother's shoulder, Jimmy saw his father stumble out of the house, his clothes wrinkled and his face puffy with sleep or booze or both...His mother followed Jimmy's gaze and when she looked back at him, she was worn out again, the smile gone so completely from her face, you'd have been surprised she knew how to make one."