Friday, December 4, 2015

Book Talk & Giveaway - HALF IN LOVE WITH DEATH by Emily Ross

My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won't find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could've been better or what worked or didn't work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it's here I probably think it won't injure your brain if you read it.

When Caroline's troubled older sister disappears into the Tucson desert one night, everyone is quick to accuse her boyfriend Tony. But Caroline believes Jess has run off to California, lured by the eternal summers of 1960 and promises of flower children. With her parents too shattered to contribute much more than new kitchen curtains as a coping mechanism, Caroline decides to take matters into her own hands.

Tony his own stories about what Jess wanted, and where she was headed that night, some of them dovetailing with what Caroline knows about her sister, and some not. Every time she meets with him to learn more, she finds herself staring a little longer into his blue eyes, and spending more time with the older group of kids her sister hung out with.

With their own secret road trip to find Jess scheduled and her suitcase packed, Caroline tries to ignore her doubts - and all the stories she's heard about another blonde girl disappearing, who also had ties to Tony. Inspired by the disturbing case of Charles Schmid, ‘the Pied Piper of Tucson’ HALF IN LOVE WITH DEATH is a heartfelt thriller that never lets up.

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