The Nightmare Pearl by G. Lippert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is one of those books that defies categorizing, it's part mystery, part ghost story but above all it's a love story. It's two stories told several years apart and intersects at the end.
Adolescent boy David befriends Becca a black girl living in an abandoned culvert in the early seventies, even though she's aloof they almost immediately form a close bond to one another.
Meanwhile in future Sheila an aspiring writer loses her literary agent husband in the collapse of the twin towers during the 2001 terrorist attacks, and she cannot accept the fact that her husband has perished.
How these two stories are told is done so beautifully and with such tenderness. You can't help but be touched by the conclusion.
The only weak part of this book is in the narration, Steve White does an awesome job and I could listen to him read any book! He's just that good. But the production quality of the portion read by Kimberly Meciti is poor and it jarring, especially after the smooth delivery by Steve. Kimberly is a decent narrator, it's just the production that's bad.
Overall though the book still rates 4 stars.
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