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Trip Through Your Wires

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  21 reviews
"Trip Through Your Wires is compulsively readable."—Porter Shreve, author of Drives Like a Dream

A clue to her boyfriend's murder draws Carey back into the mystery that led to his death, forcing her to re-examine her own culpability and the self-delusion that blinded her to the dangers of his world. As she follows the clues and searches her memory, searing loss and guilt ta
Paperback, 264 pages
Published March 10th 2015 by Engine Books (first published February 10th 2015)
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James Figy
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Layden's debut novel is everything you look for in a book—mystery, love story, bildungsroman. Stirring, beautiful, and catchy. There's not a single dull moment. The characters are real, and likable even with their flaws. I wanted to see Carey Halpern succeed, to put the past behind her, but I felt the weight holding her back.
Carey is young and obsessive, slightly stalker-ish yet naive, when she arrives in Mexico. Her main goal isn't to study Spanish, but to win the affections of Ben Willi
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those rare, well-written books that is also an entertaining read. Main character Carey re-lives her time in Mexico, which includes the disappearance of mysterious boyfriend Ben, as she deals with the fallout of that event in the present. The unraveling mystery is compelling, but the characters and the expertly-rendered settings are what have made this read stay with me. I have to say, I enjoyed this novel much more than The Girl on The Train. Carey, though flawed, and Ben, crimina ...more
Christie Sinclair
Aug 08, 2020 rated it liked it
I read this for a book club. It was all over the place! Probably needed an outline before beginning to write! It’s by a local author who included lots of landmarks on the west and north side of Indy which did make it fun to read.
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-copy
This book is more than the sum of its parts. On the surface, it's the story of Carey's experience in Mexico and how her boyfriend's death affected her. But more than that, it is a study of memory, and how memories shape us, how they can be distorted, how memory changes and fades over time. It is very well-written, and beautifully depicts both settings to make the reader feel as if they are really there. The characters are very real, flawed human beings who sometimes make you want to slap them. M ...more
Erin Cataldi
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Great build up as the reader goes back and forth in Carey's troubled life. From her time as a study abroad student in Mexico to the present as a broke 28 year old living with her parents in Indianapolis. Carey has a hard time letting go of the past and what happened in Mexico won't leave her mind, as long as her head is stuck on what she went through she can't focus on moving forward. Her boyfriend Ben was murdered in Mexico and years later a new piece of evidence has turned up that makes her wa ...more
Liza Nahas
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very well written, with such great description, I feel like I was in Guanajuato, Mexico! Carey is a train wreck, but she never completely derails. I liked that it was also set in Indianapolis, so I felt like I was reading about people I could know. A few good twists as well, make this worth reading!
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel by my friend and colleague Sarah Layden. The narrative is well-constructed, the main characters (and in fact all the characters) are believable and complex, and the writing is tight, well-crafted, illuminating. Read it!
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm a writer; (therefore) I was able to figure out most of the "big reveals" and plot points in The Girl on The Train and Gone Girl way before they happened. But Sarah Layden's Trip Through Your Wires kept me guessing and pleasantly surprised until the very end. Riveting and highly recommended. ...more
Katherine Ruiz
May 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Fishers Book Club pick, written by a local author. The first half of this book moved very slowly for me and felt similar in tone to a YA novel, even though Carey (the protagonist) is 28. However, the second half started to pick up the pace, with several clever twists before the end. I had a difficult time finding a character I liked and could root for, but Layden has a gift for setting - I had no problem imagining the scene and everything happening in Mexico, as well as Indy. I also really enjoy ...more
Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Loved the descriptions and the movement of time in this one! As an Indianapolis area resident, I loved seeing the places with which I’m so familiar come to fictional life so vividly. A treat to read!!
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beautiful writing. Really enjoyed this.
Amy Lynch
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Indy author Sarah Layden makes good with an engaging story and a deep dive into well-developed characters.
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writers-jam, fiction
Sarah Layden's novel Trip Through Your Wires is a tale that slips between the past and the present like waves crashing on the beach. That interplay between past and present, which is sometimes maddeningly difficult to follow and other times seamlessly laid together, that drives the narrative. Layden's book is as much a rumination on memory as it the story of Carey Halpern.

The story leaps between the past and the present.

In the past, Halpern joins a study abroad program in order to meet a young
Katie Parker
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I didn't really know what to expect of this one, since it doesn't have too many reviews yet, but I'm glad I took a chance on it, anyway. I first heard of it through Largehearted Boy's Book Notes feature, which is how I have discovered many other under-the-radar books.

The novel is about a deeply-flawed woman named Carey Halpern, who traveled to Mexico for a study abroad-type program in the mid-1990s. (I think it's about 1996.) Upon her arrival, she (not accidentally) strikes up a relationship wit
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Carey's (stalkish) obsession with dimple-faced adventurer/photographer, Ben Williamson, leads her away from her uneventful Indianapolis suburban life to enroll in the same college exchange student program in Mexico. She becomes close to Ben, eventually scoring her ultimate role of "girlfriend," but even then, there is a perpetual shroud of mystery surrounding him. She gathers bits and shards of clues, but Carey can never seem to find the piece of "Ben Williamson's life" that completes his puzzli ...more
VERDICT: Let yourself be captivated and enjoy diversity, as you listen to Carey reminiscing about a major drama in her life and her deep connection with the Mexican culture.

go here to read my full review and see what I thought of the audio production:
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club
I don't always like books by local authors, but I enjoyed this one. It was interesting to see Indianapolis through the narrator's eyes. The book shifted back and forth between a semester in Mexico and present in Indianapolis. The book vaguely reminded me of The Goldfinch, with it's accents and intrigue. ...more
Jim Cangany
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
A spellbinding tale of love and loss and regret and how far down into the pit of despair one sometimes must go until one is able to begin to heal.
Alex Lee
Mar 14, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very well-written. The author creates complex, real characters who lingered with me after I finished.
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