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Monday, June 17, 2013

The last winter of Dani Lancing by P. D. Viner

Summary on GoodReads.

The story is masterfully told out of sequence. We travel back 20 years when Dani was alive and then to 2010, present time.

We learn and know about Dani through memory flashes. And Dani, what a surprise she is. Dani’s mother, Patty, obsessed with finding Dani’s killer, does the unthinkable. How far would a mother go for revenge? Patty sucks you in from the beginning. I could actually feel her pain and despair.

The story is told from different points of view (Dani’s parents and Tom, Dani’s friend/boyfriend). We also encounter the ghost of Dani in the story, but she is not there to solve the murder or make the story paranormal. Her presence is actually a powerful touch to the story.

The end was a surprise. There was a moment when Viner pointed to an obvious killer and I felt let down. However, the suspect didn’t quite fit for me and, as I kept reading, I discovered why. It turned out to be not what I thought. 

A series of apparently unlinked events turn out to be very related at the end. This is a totally engaging book! I hope it makes it to the best selling list of the New York Times because it deserves to be there.

I can’t wait for the book to come out in Spanish to give it to my mom.