This was my first Anita Shreve book, and it just so happens that I’ve bought several in the last few weeks. I found them on sale and just thought, why the heck not. I didn’t really have any expectations going into this book, I didn’t even read the synopsis until I was about 50 pages in.
This book hooked me from the first few pages. It starts with Andrew dreaming about the night of the horrible murder next door. The book alternates between Andrew’s past and present, and in doing so we get a very vivid picture. I loved the way everything was described so vividly, without over saturating you with little details. I completely pictured the scenery and wished I could own a house somewhere like it.
I found Andrew and Eden to be very compelling characters. I did suspect why Eden acted the way she did before the attack and who the shooter was that fateful night, but even with that, I wanted to keep reading and find out the details of the secrets she has kept all of her life.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and could not put it down until I was done. Great read!
Andrew, in his mid-thirties, returns to his hometown to attend his mother’s funeral. Planning to remain only a few days, he is drawn into the tragic legacy of the beautiful girl next door, Eden Close. An adopted child, Eden has learned to avoid the mother who did not want her and to please the father who did. She also aimed to please Andrew and his friends, first by being one of the boys and later by seducing them.
Then one hot night Andrew was awakened by gunshots and piercing screams from the next farm: Mr. Close had been killed and Eden, blinded. Now, seventeen years later, Andrew begins to uncover the grisly story — to unravel the layers of thwarted love between the husband, wife, and tormented girl. And as the truth about Eden’s past comes to light, so too does Andrew’s strange and binding attachment to her reveal itself.