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When Laurel Estabrook is attacked while riding her bicycle through Vermont’s back roads, her life is forever changed. Formerly outgoing, Laurel withdraws into her photography, spending all her free time at a homeless shelter. There she meets Bobbie Crocker, a man with a history of mental illness and a box of photographs that he won’t let anyone see. When Bobbie dies, Laurel discovers a deeply hidden secret–a story that leads her far from her old life, and into a cat-and-mouse game with pursuers who claim they want to save her. In a tale that travels between the Roaring Twenties and the twenty-first century, between Jay Gatsby’s Long Island and rural New England, bestselling author Chris Bohjalian has written his most extraordinary novel yet.

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    A disappointing and disturbing read

    I read this book on the recommendation of a friend whose opinions I value. From the beginning of the book, however, I questioned the parallel story of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan, fictional characters, and how they related to Laurel's story. Reviews which I read indicated that there was a "twist" at the end so I persevered through the book. While the ending is definitely a "twist", I was not wholly surprised by it because by midway through the book I was suspicious of the whole premise. I read a great deal and when I am engaged in a book I read it quickly and voraciously. My interest in this book lagged, and it actually took me a week to read it - a very long time for me to complete a novel and indicative, I think, of my disinterest in the whole story, which at times was interesting, but at most times I felt it was preposterous. Sadly, for me, this was a very disappointing read.


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