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 last...more
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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
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
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.
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
A Lily in the Light is one of the better books I've read through the Kindle First program, although it did take me several tries to get started on it due to somewhat of a slow, ballet-filled start. While this book also contains some mystery-like elements, it is essentially a coming-of-age story about a girl whose entire life/existence was shaped by the tragic disappearance of her little sister. I thought it was well-written and engagi ...more
Esme's four-year-old sister Lily disappears into the night before dinner like any other, and never came back. Suddenly Esme's life was of hopelessness, suspect leads, flyers, uncertainty, and policemen. The loss of her sister was akin to her losing the rest of her family, where everyone suffered alone. The only thing left for Esme was ball ...more
This Amazon First Read is unlike most books on Goodreads’ Domestic Thriller Shelf. “A Lily In the Light” has a few thrills, but is loaded with feels—as in bucketfuls of personal/family drama, angst, and guilt. It has a romance of sorts, plus a hint of paranormal. This is women’s fiction chronicling the emotional journey taken by eleven yr old Esme—plus that of her siblings and parents—after her 4 yr old sister vanishes and cannot be found.
The aut ...more
I really loved this book. It’s very different than the usual missing child books that get churned out on a regular basis. This is a plot it can be hard to do something original with. I really felt for the characters. The book is from Esme’s point of view. I completely sympathised with her need to flee from her broken family. It would be hard to see so much pain all the time and feel helpless, unable to help. A lot of time is spent with Esme building a new ...more
Families are wonderful, confusing, hateful and painful. As children we feel such bursts of anger, hate and jealously; and regret them just as quickly. A Lily in the Light takes us through all those emotions from childhood through adulthood with all the consequences and pain they bring, as well as the growth and changes through which we struggle.