By: T. Greenwood
Publication Date: 2/28/2017
My Rating: 5 Stars +
“This the thing about a lie: over time, it not only obscures the truth but consumes it . . . A lie, in collusion with time, can overpower the truth. A good lie has the power to subsume reality. A good lie can become the truth . . . However, lies are also precarious things. Each twist and, each flutter of a wing, each protest threatening to tear the intricate construction apart.”
“The funny thing about the truth is, it always seems to have a way to getting free. For two decades, I could practically hear the beatings of wings against those invisible threads, gossamer snapping, coming undone.”
"The force behind it comes from contrary pulls—truth and imagination, earth and heaven, concrete and spirit, control and abandon, flight and return. The whole upward thrust of the poem is toward imagination, escape, and transcendence—and away from heavy Truth with a capital T. The downward pull is back to earth. . . "
Wyn is using the Maine house, her birches, her secret, and the mystery she discovers as an escape. However, like the poem, she does not wish to be left out on a limb. For the poet, he looks at bent trees and imagines another truth.
T. Greenwood’s RUST AND STARDUST, when an 11-year old is kidnapped in 1948 by a convicted felon, so begins a 21-month journey exploring both the crime and criminal as well as the effect upon the girl, her family left behind, and her community; the spark upon which Vladimir Nabakov based LOLITA, a literary thriller and kaleidoscopic family portrait, to Hope Dellon at St. Martin’s, in a two-book deal, for publication in Spring 2018, by Victoria Sanders at Victoria Sanders & Associates (World).
Where I Lost Her by T. Greenwood
Have read one other book by the author and enjoyed the read.
This one starts out with Tess and her family and they are visiting friends in the woods of Vermont. Her husband is busy with getting one of his clients works published and she tends to the children.
During a night of drinking and she agrees to go get another bottle at the store, On her way back she stops as she sees a little girl in the middle of the road and she notices many details as she goes to get a sweater for her as she is not wearing a shirt the girl disappears.
The whole town shows up to help search for her to no avail and others wonder if she was just drunk as there are no leads. She heads out herself and finds some clues and they point to others and she investigates them online to find out one was a sex offender and she thinks he might be the culprit who took her.
While that's going on she bonds with her sister in law about her husbands texts to his mistress. She is also summoned back to the city as the mother in law is on her deathbed. Many other strange things occur. Another girl is now missing....
Liked fairy houses as I've seen them myself and other small things along the way.
I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review
It has been a while since a character in a book annoyed me to the same extent as Tess did in this novel. Hell, in the end I was hoping that she would turn out to be just crazy.
Tess was traumatized eight years before when she and her husband went to central America to adopt a little girl and things went horribly wrong. Due to what has happened, people do not believe she really saw a little girl, lost in the woods.
What follows is Tess' story. And I just really, really didn't like her. I can't even explain where it started. So, instead I will try to focus on the story, which was not that surprising in the end. The only thing that I really wanted to find out was what had happened all those years ago (which will take ages for you to find out). The ending was, although I didn't have all details right, exactly as expected.
I was disappointed by this read. What expected was a novel on a fear I think everyone has somewhere deep down: a missing child and no one even bothers to report it missing. But the story and especially the main character Tess just fell flat.
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
I am sorry to say that I did not like the book. Not right from the start but it started to annoy me very quickly.
Tess and her husband Jake are visiting their friends in Vermont. After Dinner Tess wants to buy more wine. On her way home she sees a little girl in the middle of the street. But she scares her off. She calls the police but they seem not to believe her because he was a bit drunk at the time. And nobody seems to miss a little girl. A big search is organized but nobody can find her. The police suggest that she just made up the story to get attention.
Tess and Jake have their problems. Tess can’t get pregnant and this fact dominates her life and her relationship to her husband. She is obsessed with having a baby. Eight years ago she tried to adopt a little girl in Guatemala. But something went wrong. Tess is a difficult person. She is very egoistic and totally obsessed with being a mother. So she gets obsessed to find the girl because she is the only one who cares. She sneaks around the woods searching for the little girl. That the police do not believe her is not so hard to understand but quite handy for the story. So she has to start an investigation of her own. And of course she finds out more than the police. Some things are absolutely not believable about this.
she finds a house in the forest nobody of all the search parties found before. A red house, very eye-catching and not far away from the place she saw the girl. But nobody else found the house on all this searching for the little girl. It’s absolutely unrealistic.
There are more things that I did not like about the story. Tess is a horrible character. She is the only one you get to know better, all other characters are flat. She is so absorbed by having a baby or a child that she doesn’t see anything else or cares for anybody else. The story is not very believable. I am afraid there are women like Tess out there, but how she acts to find the girl, what happens, how easy she find clues when everybody else, even typoilerhe polices, fails is just ridiculous. One thing I hated very much about Tess is the fact,
that she cries for this little girl in Guatemala, knowing that everything about the adoption was made up by swindlers and the babies were stolen from their mothers. Tess keeps complaining about “getting her daughter back” when she should know that it never was her daughter because she still got her real mother who is probably desperate about her lost. It was so selfish.
I did not like all of that aspect of the story.
I did not enjoy the book. I found it very annoying and not well developed.