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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Book Review: The Nobodies Album ( #AtoZChallenge )

Summary from GoodReads:
From the bestselling author of The Dogs of Babel comes a dazzling literary mystery about the lengths to which some people will go to rewrite their past. 

Bestselling novelist Octavia Frost has just completed her latest book—a revolutionary novel in which she has rewritten the last chapters of all her previous books, removing clues about her personal life concealed within, especially a horrific tragedy that befell her family years ago.

On her way to deliver the manuscript to her editor, Octavia reads a news crawl in Times Square and learns that her rock-star son, Milo, has been arrested for murder. Though she and Milo haven’t spoken in years—an estrangement stemming from that tragic day—she drops everything to go to him.

The “last chapters” of Octavia’s novel are layered throughoutThe Nobodies Album—the scattered puzzle pieces to her and Milo’s dark and troubled past. Did she drive her son to murder? Did Milo murder anyone at all? And what exactly happened all those years ago? As the novel builds to a stunning reveal, Octavia must consider how this story will come to a close.

Universally praised for her candid explorations of the human psyche, Parkhurst delivers an emotionally gripping and resonant mystery about a mother and her son, and about the possibil
ity that one can never truly know another person.

My Review: This book gives a great edge on how a writer and mom's life almost turns into one of her novels. Her son is accused of a serious crime and she decides to help prove his innocence. In the process, she sees the chance to also try to repair their broken relationship. Did I mention, her son is a rock star?

Octavia is a published author and as her life seems to move, my interpretation is, she decides that she's not entirely happy with her previous books. She wants to re-write endings. I loved this addition to this story. You do wonder, because, as authors' *you* go into your book--do you feel differently about your books as your own life takes twists and turns and changes before your eyes?

This book seems to have it all...personal growth, repairing of broken relationships, an unwritten note that not everyone is perfect and things that go wrong can be fixed--never too late, plus an interesting mystery unfolding about Milo's girlfriend's death.

This is a have to have book, great for an evening in on a rainy night.

RATING: 5/5

Pages: 313
Hardcover

Review copy of this book provided by the author/publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. In no way did the provision of the book affect the outcome of my review.

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