Ben Hanson’s aimless life has bottomed out after a series of bad decisions, but a surprising offer from his father draws him home to Wisconsin. There, he finds his family fractured, still reeling from his cousin’s mysterious death a decade earlier.
Lauren Sheehan abandoned her career in medicine after a series of violent events abroad. Now she’s back in the safest place she knows - the same small Wisconsin town where she and Ben grew up - hiding from a world that has only brought her heartache.
As Lauren cautiously expands her horizons and Ben tries to unravel the mysteries of his family and himself, their paths intersect. Could each be exactly what the other needs?
A compelling family drama and a surprising love story, rich with the dark humor and piercing intelligence that made The Cradle so beloved, This Bright River confirms Somerville’s status as one of the most talented writers at work today (from Goodreads)
There are so many ways that I liked this book. There were some laugh out loud parts that would appear rather unexpectedly, mostly comments made by the main character, Ben. I liked how the tale was told from Ben and Lauren’s perspective. As the story unfolds, we get to learn the history of what led them back to their hometown, along with their current life stories and what brought them together. The book was a good mix of drama, humor and suspense.
This was the first book I have read by this author. It was so well written that I will definitely be looking for more from Mr. Somerville.
Thank you Netgalley and Little, Brown and Company for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
Publish Date: June 26, 2012
My Rating: 4 of 5