Thursday, January 29, 2015
One Happy Family, or not...
"So Aaron, how are you these days? God, now that was one question he did not relish. He would rather continue his journey on the roof of the intercity than given an honest answer."
Title: Bonita Avenue
Author: Peter Buwalda
Publication Date: Jan 13th, 2015 (US)
Where to find: Goodreads / Amazon
This book is typical for Scandinavian writing as I have come to find since my Scandinavian Crime Literature class. Even though Bonita Avenue is not a crime novel rather a story about the struggles of a family and the secrets everyone hides. I personally really enjoy this writing style. There is just something about it that fascinates me.
This is the story of the Sigerius family. To the casual observer they seem like the perfect little family. Husband, Wife, and their two daughters. However everything is not as it seems.
My one major complaint with this book is the timeline. We jump from the past with the Sigerius family to the present with Aaron following up with what happened to them. On top of that we have a first person narrative of Joni in the present. At times this was incredibly confusing. And I really didn’t like the shift from third person to first person. It was bothersome to be, but that is just a personal preference.
This book was an interesting foray into a family destruction. I really enjoyed seeing both the present and the past unravel. And I was not able to predict how it was all going to unfold. Plus it has a gorgeous cover depicting the firework factory explosion that is an important part of the story. It is just so bright and colorful which contrasts the story.
*I received this book from BloggingForBooks in exchange for an honest review*
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