Miss Me When I'm Gone
Aug 24, 2012
Miss Me When I'm Gone
Author: Emily Arsenault
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks;
Original edition (July 31, 2012)
Author Gretchen Waters made a name for herself with her bestseller Tammyland—a memoir about her divorce and her admiration for country music icons that was praised as a "honky-tonk Eat, Pray, Love." But her writing career is cut abruptly short when she dies from a fall down a set of stone library steps. It is a tragic accident and no one suspects foul play, certainly not Gretchen's best friend from college, Jamie, who's been named the late author's literary executor.
But there's an unfinished manuscript Gretchen left behind that is much darker than Tammyland: a book ostensibly about male country musicians yet centered on a murder in Gretchen's family that haunted her childhood. In its pages, Gretchen seems to be speaking to Jamie from beyond the grave—suggesting her death was no accident . . . and that Jamie must piece together the story someone would kill to keep untold.
I thought one of the more interesting aspects of this book is that the "real" story is intertwined from passages from Gretchen's book, "Tammyland". Tammyland was her personal journey memoir of sorts, but it was filled with factual tidbits on famous Country female singers. So while enjoying the story you're also getting little bios on Tammy, Dolly, Loretta and all the rest!
The story wraps several mysteries in and around itself. Gretchen's death, her mother's death, affairs, cheating, beatings and all the other secrets that people try so hard to hide from each other and the world.
Jamie thinks she knows Gretchen very well, but as she finds herself delving deeper into her life after being asked to wrap up Gretchen's second book that the publishers have already paid for and want, she begins to discover a whole other side to her.
The Whodoneit at the end has a nice surprise twist to it that you won't figure out by Chapter 3, which is a bonus in any book with a mysterious death!
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