A Lily in the Light
A harrowing debut novel of a tragic disappearance and one sister’s journey through the trauma that has shaped her life.
For eleven-year-old Esme, ballet is everything—until her four-year-old sister, Lily, vanishes without a trace and nothing is certain anymore. People Esme has known her whole life suddenly become suspects, each new one hitting closer to home than the la...more
Reading between the lines, he was out of town and his sister was watching his …moreWe really don't know anything about the kidnapping, but my take was no.
Reading between the lines, he was out of town and his sister was watching his place. So, logically, if Lily left to explore because she was mad at her siblings, Gloria saw her in the hallway or in the street and grabbed her before heading home.
It's possible he found out after the fact, but seems unlikely to me. They said he didn't often leave the apartment and she had Lily in a padlocked room only she could access. It doesn't sound like he even lived that much longer after Lily was taken. (less)
Kristin Feild’s debut was evocative and heart wrenching. A unique take on the missing child trope. This is not a dark twisted thriller with wild secrets, it is a tender story Full of heart and hope. This book really captures the essence of Esme, and how her sister Lily’s disappearance impacted her life.
Esme is 11 years old, she loves ballet and her biggest concern in life is getting on point. Sh ...more
Here are the positives - the storyline is excellent. Reading this you honestly feel like this scenario could have happened to anyone, even you. And that's humbling and scary. The characters are extremely relatable (whether you like them or their decisions or not). I feel ...more
Eleven-year-old aspiring ballerina Esme’s life changes the day her little sister Lily disappears. Eight years later, older sister Madeline calls Esme in Paris with startling news.
Either I have terrible luck choosing Amazon Prime Read First Books, or those books aren’t very good. I enjoy books about child abductions and stories about ballerinas, so I was excited to start reading A LILY IN THE LIGHT. Kristin Fields came up with a great premise, but the execution lacked both tension and em ...more
Esme is able to escape to her ballet classes where she can temporarily put aside her grief and the new toxicity of her family. Given a chance to live with her ballet instructor, she ...more
Interesting story; the youngest child of a NYC family disappears, leaving them all somewhat adrift. The book concentrates on one character, middle child Esme, who is an aspiring ballerina, age 11.
The story is mainly about how the disappearance of Lily, their 4 year old sister/daughter, affects their family in various debilitating ways.
The book started off well, but ...more
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BOOK REVIEW: A LILY IN THE LIGHT BY KRISTIN FIELDS
We meet a ballet prodigy with her whole life ahead of her. When her little sister goes missing, her life, along with her family is thrown into a tailspin.
One thing I really enjoy about A Lily in the Light is this imperfect family. Well, let me be clear. I don’t particularly like this family, but I appreciate Kr ...more
Kristin Fields did a wonderful job with this book. It has great characters, great plot and the story is one that will keep you wanting to know what happens next. From the beginning to the very last word you will want this child to come home. For this family to be able to heal. Each child has their o ...more
My First Reads choice for March, an easy choice- the synopsis spoke of an interesting, emotional story about a missing four year old and the destruction of a family. The first half of the book is told from the point of view of Lily's eleven year old sister- an aspiring ballet dancer.
Esme, eight years later is in Paris, when Madeline calls her with news of a girl found locked in a basement. I won't put any spoilers in my review, you need to read it yourself. But the continuing havoc on Esme a ...more
Kristin Fields, Author of "A Lily in the Light" writes an intense, intriguing, suspenseful family drama. The Genres for this Novel are Fiction, Mystery, and Suspense. This is also a coming of age novel. The timeline for this story starts in Queens, New York, in 1997, and goes to the past and future when it pertains to the characters or events in the story. The author describes her charact ...more
I think this book will please readers who are drawn to it. It has all of the elements of a good story. For me, I can’t put my finger on it, but it was missing that something that would make it a special standout novel. Maybe it was too sweet and tied up so nicely and that took away some of its authenticity? I’m not sure. It was a good book, certainly. I just wanted more once I’d finished.
Hmm. I'm pretty torn over this one, but in the end I can't recommend it. It's way too sad and I wish I hadn't read it. On the other hand, it's very well written, it's a compelling story, and was hard to put down. Put the all encompassing sadness was too much for me.
This story allowed me into a world of what is and what could be. The writing evoked feelings of loss and wonder that the author could capture so much of what the dance world is like from the inside. The characters are lovingly crafted into complete people with feelings that are universal. A great debut for a talented young writer
Enjoyed the weave of family relationships with the tough yet beautiful world of ballet.
The protagonist was a very developed character, others a bit less so but it was HER story so that’s reasonable. I wanted to know more about Lily’s feelings at reunification but maybe when it’s herstory to tell—-