Tuesday, April 2, 2013

"The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox" (A Book Review by Lexi)

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Review: "In the middle of tending to the everyday business at her vintage-clothing shop and sidestepping her married boyfriend’s attempts at commitment, Iris Lockhart receives a stunning phone call: Her great-aunt Esme, whom she never knew existed, is being released from Cauldstone Hospital—where she has been locked away for more than sixty-one years.

Iris’s grandmother Kitty always claimed to be an only child. But Esme’s papers prove she is Kitty’s sister, and Iris can see the shadow of her dead father in Esme’s face. 

Esme has been labeled harmless—sane enough to coexist with the rest of the world. But she's still basically a stranger, a family member never mentioned by the family, and one who is sure to bring life-altering secrets with her when she leaves the ward. If Iris takes her in, what dangerous truths might she inherit?
A gothic, intricate tale of family secrets, lost lives, and the freedom brought by truth, The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox will haunt you long past its final page." (Thank you, Goodreads! I <3 font="" you="">

So imagine this being real. You get this call that this aunt, who's lived in a psych hospital all her life is coming home -- your home. The secrets interwoven in your family's past come out to the light, and everything you thought was true? Yeah, it's not.

So who is Esme? Is she truly insane, or was she imaginative and just didn't fit in? It all depends on who you ask. Her sister has rambling Alzheimer's memories that truly make you understand the disease and what it does for the person. Then Esme herself has different memories. Tie it in with Iris's life, and you have a novel with multi-generational secrets that will make you wonder what secrets are in your family's past...


4/5 because of heavy themes.

Suggestions: Read when you can handle something more on the serious side. The theme seems to be that verse in the Bible where the children will inherit their father's sins.

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