ABOUT THE BOOK -
Like a modern-day Joan of Arc, Amelia Fisher attempts to carve out a 'normal life', showing us how mythic the idea of 'normal' really is.
With a poetic genius for a father, an obsessed body builder for a mother, and an enchantingly eccentric group seeking the help of an unorthodox therapist, what could possibly go wrong?
A chance discovery propels Amelia and fellow therapy attendee, Mike, with whom she is in love, into a life-threatening situation instigated by the crazed doctor's own dark secret but Amelia's psychosis saves the day.
Told with warmth, humor and populated with vividly original characters, this sprint-paced novel has it all, from restraining orders to sex in office bathrooms, and a nail-biting ending.
A novel about an unusual family, expected social norms and the twists and turns of getting it all slightly wrong, the consequences of which prove fatal for some.
Book Details:Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Published by: Inanna Publications
Publication Date: October 2016
Number of Pages: 301
ISBN: 1771333138 (ISBN13: 9781771333139)
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Lisa de Nikolits is the award-winning author of five novels. Her first novel, The Hungry Mirror won a 2011 IPPY Awards Gold Medal for Women's Issues Fiction and was long-listed for a ReLit Award. West of Wawa won the 2012 IPPY Silver Medal Winner for Popular Fiction and was a Chatelaine Editor's Pick. A Glittering Chaos tied to win the 2014 Silver IPPY for Popular Fiction. The Witchdoctor’s Bones launched in Spring 2014 to literary acclaim and wide readership. Between The Cracks She Fell launched in Fall 2015 and was well reviewed by the Quill & Quire and was on the recommended reading lists for Open Book Toronto and 49th Shelf. Between The Cracks She Fell was also reviewed by Canadian Living magazine and called ‘a must-read book of 2015’. Between The Cracks She Fell won a Bronze IPPY Award 2016 for Contemporary Fiction. All books have been published by Inanna Publications.
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MY THOUGHTS -
Oh how I really really loved this book! This review is ridiculously long! But, rule of thumb - The longer the review the more I liked the book. I just love the language in here! It's so quirky and original. This is the second book I have read by Lisa and I guess her writing style clicks with me. The first one was - The Witchdoctor's Bones.
This is really two books that could have been separated and done as a series. The first half is about Henry and Megan (the parents of "the nearly girl") - Ohhh I loved Henry and Megan! I loved this story about them, they were so cute together. They both ended up being very strange and kind of dysfunctional but I loved their characters.
This is Henry -"Megan's eyes rested on what she thought was a long-haired angel: a blond, tall, barefoot, lean and muscular, T-shirt-wearing angel. He seemed otherworldly, even radiant, and he moved with effortless grace."
"He's a genius," Zimmerman Bob said. "But he's a few sandwiches short of a picnic when it comes to real life."
The second half of the book is about Amelia (which just happens to be my favorite name!), Henry and Megan's daughter. And... of course I fell in love with her too.
This is Amelia -"You are wearing purple feather fish hooks for earrings," Henry said, "and half of your hair is white and the other side is Kool-Aid blue. Every single fingernail is a different colour and you're covered in what I hope are henna tattoos, not because I have anything against tattoos, but because yours look like you drew them yourself with a brown sharpie.""I did," Amelia said proudly. "Thank you for noticing."
There was great character development. I got so emotionally attached to everyone. Every new person that was introduced felt like they belonged and you very quickly got to know them. The second half had a lot of characters but it didn't seem like too much. Lisa did a great job!
While the first half was a love story between Henry and Megan, the second half was "One Flew Over the cuckoo's Nest". It was all about Amelia's therapy sessions, which were hilarious and kind of sad at times.
And then... taa daa - it turned adventurous and mysterious! There is certainly something around every corner with this book! There is never a dull moment. It is quirky and fun and zany and weird, but oh so lovable! I would really love to see another book about Amelia and how she does with life. I will definitely be reading more by this author! I am a fan of Lisa de Nikolits for sure!
I started this book just before Thanksgiving making it very hard to stay attentive to the tasks I needed to do.
Five signs that you know a book is so good and "meant for you"!
- You got out your vacuum and swiffer and intended on cleaning house for Thanksgiving until you started reading and four hours later the vacuum and swiffer are still sitting in the hallway untouched.
- You didn't notice the time until you stop reading and realize it's 12:30 and you haven't even had breakfast yet!
- You are highlighting half the page on every page and you're only a third of the way through the book.
- Even though you have tons of stuff to do today you keep going back to your iPad just to sneak one more page, just one more page!
- And lastly, you find yourself thinking about The characters Megan and Henry when you should be thinking about who's coming to dinner for Thanksgiving!
I voluntarily posted this review after receiving this book from Partners in Crime Book Tours. Thank you!