Desire Lines by Christina Baker Kline
Publication Date: August 12, 2014 (re-print edition)
On the night of her high school graduation, Kathryn Campbell sits around a bonfire with her four closest friends, including the beautiful but erratic Jennifer. “I’ll be fine,” Jennifer says, as she walks away from the dying embers and towards the darkness of the woods. She never comes back.
Ten years later, Kathryn has tried to build a life for herself, with a marriage and a career as a journalist, but she still feels the conspicuous void of Jennifer’s disappearance. When her divorce sends her reeling back to the Maine town where she grew up, she finds herself plunged into a sea of memories. With nothing left to lose, she is determined to answer one simple question: What happened to Jennifer Pelletier? (Amazon.com summary)
Review: My first reaction while reading this book was that it seemed incredibly dated. Then I realized the setting was 1996, then I realized this is actually a reprint from 1999. Reading a book from that time period was kind of odd. No cell phones, no Facebook, limited technology. The world was so different then!
Onto the actual story. I was bored by it. I found myself not caring about Jennifer’s disappearance, it wasn’t a huge mystery that I was dying to solve. I pretty much guessed what happened once a certain character was introduced. I just could not get interested in the plot, I was very bored by the whole thing. Unfortunately, this made the book go very slowly. I almost gave at after about 50 pages.
I’ve never read Orphan Train but it is on my TBR list. I’m not too eager to read it after reading this.
Random Favorite Quote: ”And you know there’s a path you’re supposed to be following in life - but that somehow, maybe because you wanted to, or maybe because it happened so slowly you didn’t even realize it, you’ve moved farther and farther away from it”
*This book was provided for review on Confessions of a Bookaholic. All thoughts and opinions are my own.