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Review of The Fall of Lisa Bellow

The Fall of Lisa BellowThe Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I give almost every book 50 pages. I didn't think I would continue. But it kept nagging me, so I gave it another 50. By then, I was invested in the answer to the question! And I flew through the next 250 pages. What ended up drawing me in was the arc of the mother's story. I really related to her: the angst of bringing who one is into family dynamics when they're shifting and being exposed with teenagers in the home. There's so many layers in a family when tragedy strikes. This mother, as I, deals with what she can bring to the table, her fears and longing for her daughter, and her response to the tragedy. That is a lot to wade through. Perabo does a good job of representing that journey without dragging us through it too much, as she does with several of the characters. But is the reader provided with answers? Should we be? I leave those questions hanging.

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