Book Review: Desire Lines by: Christina Baker Kline

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

Publication Date: August 12, 2014

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Synopsis: On the night of her high school graduation, Kathryn Campbell sits around a bonfire with her four closest friends, including the beautiful but erratic Jennifer. "I'll be fine," Jennifer says, as she walks away from the dying embers and towards the darkness of the woods. She never comes back.

Ten years later, Kathryn has tried to build a life for herself, with a marriage and a career as a journalist, but she still feels the conspicuous void of Jennifer's disappearance. When her divorce sends her reeling back to the Maine town where she grew up, she finds herself plunged into a sea of memories. With nothing left to lose, she is determined to answer one simple question: What happened to Jennifer Pelletier?

Review: DESIRE LINES is the story of Kathryn Campbell’s journey to find out what happened to her best friend, Jennifer Pelletier, who disappeared on the night of their high school graduation. Ten years later, Kathryn is a free-lance journalist and moving back home to Bangor, Maine after her failed marriage. Coming home has unlocked a lot of feelings in Kathryn and when she’s given the opportunity to write a follow-up story on Jennifer’s disappearance, she takes her old friend up on the offer. Is Kathryn ready to discover what really happened to Jennifer Pelletier? To me, DESIRE LINES is more about Kathryn than about the mystery of Jennifer. Coming back home to Maine has opened a lot of old wounds for Kathryn and while part of her wants to know the truth, another part just wants to forget. As Kathryn starts investigating, she learns she didn’t know her best friend as well as she thought she did. I liked Kathryn and could sympathize with her to an extent. It’s obvious to everyone Kathryn never moved on from Jennifer’s disappearance and hopefully this search will help her find her own voice. DESIRE LINES has interesting characters and is very well-written. I’ve never read anything by this author previously, but I think I’ll check out some of her other works now.

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