Pictures of You
Nov 9, 2011
Pictures of You
Author: Caroline Leavitt
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Algonquin Books (January 25, 2011)
A book whose characters reach out and grab you immediately.
Two women – Isabelle and April – both are running away from their homes. Isabelle is running away for a reason that is well known and easy to understand. April on the other hand appeared to have a perfectly wonderful life and gave no clue that she might bolt.
By a freak chance of fate they both run from the same town and unfortunately crash into each other 3 hours away on an empty road. Isabelle lives. April dies. April’s son Sam, who has his own story as to how he happened to be in the car with his mother, lives through the accident, but then has to learn how to live with the memories.
This is the story of learning to live again, and discovering that people aren’t always as they seem.
Isabelle lives with great guilt on her shoulders even though she was exonerated of all blame for the crash. After all, April was stopped in the middle of the road with the car facing the wrong way on an extremely foggy day. Why? Only Sam knows and he’s living with that. He’s only in 4th grade and has incredible guilt on his mind that he refuses to talk about.
No one else knows what really happened that day and Sam’s Dad is riddled with questions - why would his wife just up and leave in the middle of the day with no warning sign whatsoever – or were there signs he just never saw?
A good book filled with emotion, and enough mystery to keep you hanging on with anticipation all the way to the end.