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June 4, 2014

EVE GREEN by Susan Fletcher, 2004

After her young mother's sudden death eight-year-old Eve is sent to live with her grandparents in rural Wales. In this unfamiliar world, she is told stories about her relatives but is forbidden to ask about her father, an Irish thief who abandoned her mother. When an older girl in town disappears, Eve is drawn into the longstanding secrets and suspicions of her town. A rare page turner, Eve Green is a dramatic story about a grievous error of judgment. (Amazon)

Reviewed by Laina, writer, bookworm, and British television addict

The list of books that have truly, truly moved and haunted me is small- off the top of my head I can only think of two, and Eve Green is one of them. It was Susan Fletcher’s first novel and I’ve always liked first novels- it’s the first time your inked voice is out there in the world.

EVE GREEN is rather memoir style- told by Eve as she is waiting for her baby to be born. She thinks back and remembers the death of her mother and how to she came to a small town in Wales. There is an abduction and mystery and death and fears, all told in some of the most gorgeous and lyrical language I have ever read. It is profound and haunting and beautiful, a book that I read slowly, savoring every word.

My favorite aspect are the details and memories that Eve has. Susan Fletcher writes the smallest little things into extraordinary vignettes. I don’t know how to explain them- they are just something you have to read for yourself. This story makes me feel like windswept hills, flowers, tea, and tears- if I had to try to explain how it is. It is a truly beautiful redemptive and coming of age story, told by an author I can’t wait to read more of when I have the chance.

Market: Mature young adults and upward
Language: I don’t vividly remember that there was any
Sensuality: Mild
Violence: Mild
Mature Themes: death, abduction, possible rape, false accusations

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