Thursday, October 2, 2014

A Sudden Light by Garth Stein

A Sudden Light
Release Date: September 30th, 2014
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Genre: Fiction | Young Adult
Pages: 416 Pages
Series: None
Format: Arc
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: AmazonCA | Amazon

When a boy tries to save his parents’ marriage, he uncovers a legacy of family secrets in a coming-of-age ghost story by the author of the internationally bestselling phenomenon, The Art of Racing in the Rain.
In the summer of 1990, fourteen-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant, whole trees, and is set on a huge estate overlooking Puget Sound. Trevor’s bankrupt parents have begun a trial separation, and his father, Jones Riddell, has brought Trevor to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with his sister, Serena, dispatch Grandpa Samuel—who is flickering in and out of dementia—to a graduated living facility, sell off the house and property for development into “tract housing for millionaires,” divide up the profits, and live happily ever after.
But Trevor soon discovers there’s someone else living in Riddell House: a ghost with an agenda of his own. For while the land holds tremendous value, it is also burdened by the final wishes of the family patriarch, Elijah, who mandated it be allowed to return to untamed forestland as a penance for the millions of trees harvested over the decades by the Riddell Timber company. The ghost will not rest until Elijah’s wish is fulfilled, and Trevor’s willingness to face the past holds the key to his family’s future.

Garth Stein first won my heart when he penned The Art of Racing in the Rain. That book still remains one of my favourite novels of all time. When I learned that Stein was releasing a new novel, I couldn't wait for the opportunity to read it!

My initial attraction to this novel was the big spooky house and the ghost story aspect. What I was left with after reading this novel was a wonderfully written coming-of-age story. There were spine chilling elements of this novel and a lot of wonderful historical aspects. I think my favourite character aside of Trevor was Grandpa Samuel. From my very first introduction with this character he formed a soft spot with me!

Stein has proven to have quite the talent when it comes to crafting riveting characters and a wonderful plot to go along with them. He also provides a great amount of back story and weaves everything together to create a spellbinding reading experience! He also provides some good ol' jaw-droppers. There were some twists in this book that I was not expecting!

A Sudden Light packs a lot of punch and is a book that you should definitely add to your October Reading list. Curl up on the couch and crack open this novel. A Sudden Light is the whole package!

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  1. Riddell House kind of reminds me of the Riddle House in Harry Potter :D Awesome review! Looking forward to more by you! :)
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  2. Well written, with wry humor and precise prose, this is a book that will grip you as Riddell House grips its owners, past and present. Suspend disbelief and soar with the vivid imagery of the beautiful landscape and the lives of the characters, which are as tangled with thorns as the blackberry vines on this storied estate.

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