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The Promised World by Lisa Tucker
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Oct 12, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, thriller, own-it
Read from October 12 to 13, 2011

Lila's twin brother, Billy, the person she most depends on for making sense of the world, commits "suicide by police" and leaves a lot of unanswered questions behind. The story was gripping, told from the point of view of several of the characters. The characters are richly drawn, not so much through physical descriptions, as through their words and deeds. Lila's sense of loss, the helplessness felt by her husband, the desperate measures taken by her niece and nephew, the struggles of Billy's wife, all these and more were woven into a tale that refused to be put down for long. As this tale winds around to its potentially explosive ending, the reader is caught up in the web of self-deception and false memories that have protected Lila to this point. One questions her sanity and her ability to assimilate the new information that bombards her and the only sure thing is the knowledge that her life will never be the same.

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