It’s an oppressively hot and sticky morning in June when Sterling and her brother, Phin, have an argument that compels him to run into the town swamp — the one that strikes fear in all the residents of Sticks, Louisiana. Phin doesn’t return. Instead, a girl named Lenora May climbs out, and now Sterling is the only person in Sticks who remembers her brother ever existed.
Sterling needs to figure out what the swamp’s done with her beloved brother and how Lenora May is connected to his disappearance — and loner boy Heath Durham might be the only one who can help her.
This debut novel is full of atmosphere, twists and turns, and a swoon-worthy romance.
I recieved a free copy from the publishers via Edelweiss.
My rating: 5 stars.
Let’s start with the fact that I was completely fascinated by this book.
Now the reason why I’m so excited. It is only one. And this is:
Have you ever read about the swamp? Personally, I don’t. And it’s so great, that the more I think of this the setting for the book, the more I realize that it’s not just the setting.
Yeah, I mean, it was like another character, just as alive as the rest of the characters.
But if you think this is a trifle for the book and you saying “ahaha, swamp – a character, what the kind of nonsense,” then you are very wrong.
This makes a book even more atmospheric. More mystical and exciting.
At first it may seem that this book looks like stories that are stuffed in a summer camp. Believe me, I know, I had heard of such.
But no. For me, this book is more like a fairy tale, in which there is such a thing as brothers and sisters, their relationship to each other. Magic. Fence enclosing the small town of trouble such as swamps, which devours people. People who don’t remember why this fence is needed, because they don’t remember the missing people. Villain who not so evil. Lights. Cherry and peach trees. Crocodile-being creatures. And of course, how could I forget about the purse of an armadillo.
And of course, it is not uncommon, but just wonderful things that will always excite everyone: friendship and love.
In conclusion, I can only say that I am madly glad I read this book. This is gorgeous.