In Between Days

In Between Days

[a Novel]

Book - 2012
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The Hardings are teetering on the brink. Elsononce one of Houstons most promising architects, who never quite lived up to expectations is recently divorced from his wife of thirty years, Cadence. Their grown son, Richard, is still living at home: driving his mothers minivan, working at a local coffee shop, resisting the career as a writer that beckons him. But when Chloe Harding gets kicked out of her East Coast college, for reasons she can't explain to either her parents or her older brother, the Hardings lives start to unravel. Chloe returns to Houston, but the dangers set in motion back at school prove inescapable. Told with piercing insight, taut psychological suspense, and the wisdom of a true master of character, this is a novel about the vagaries of love and family, about betrayal and forgiveness, about the possibility and impossibility of coming home.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307273512
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 321 p. ; 25 cm.


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Nov 21, 2014

This story didn't quite live up to its promotional copy. There's a facade of omniscience generated by narrating from each family member's point of view, but the net result is frustratingly limited rather than illuminating or suspenseful because none of the characters does more than react to circumstance. The most interesting characters turn out to be "secondary" entities who drive the action but receive no development. If not for the entertaining references to Houston, a city I love, I would have rated this two stars.

Mar 10, 2013

an engrossing saga of a family slowly disintegrating and struggling to come to terms with the changes, all the while exploring how communication gets skewed when people are not honest and keep secrets out of a sense of misplaced loyalty or shame. Sounds bleak and depressing but it's not. It builds the tension really well to an ending that is not what one expects.


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