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Between Here and April by Deborah Copaken Kogan
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Sep 08, 2008

really liked it
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Author Deborah Copaken Kogan's style of prose made for a very interesting read, with a believable plot and lively characters.

Elizabeth Burns is a wife, mother of two, and a journalist living an average life. Things change one night when she remembers April Cassidy, her best friend from first grade, after which she faints. Six-year-old April, along with eight-year-old Lilly, died at the hands of their mother, breathing carbon monoxide fumes in the back seat of their family car.

Elizabeth decides to film a documentary on the murder that took place over twenty years ago, hoping to make sense about why Adele killed herself and two children. Since Elizabeth is the same age as Adele was and has two little girls the same ages that April and Lilly were at their death, certain parallels between the lives of these two women are drawn as the reader learns more about Elizabeth's now chaotic life.

I enjoyed this novel. The story is as much about Elizabeth's life and choices she has to make as it is about the fate of her one time best friend.

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