Swalley’s gripping debut novel is suffused with themes of sisterhood and compassion along with a generous dose of mystery and family drama. When Katie and Megan Summers leave for their cross-country road trip across the American South and Southwest, from Ohio to Florida to California, they have no idea their lives will be changed forever. As the girls meet new people and form new friendships, they find themselves drawn in a corporate family’s inner struggles. Will the girls find their way out of the situation? Swalley’s prose is crisp and gripping throughout, and she is seamless when it comes to weaving effective worldbuilding into the dynamic motion of the story, integrating fascinating details without slowing the momentum or the pacing. The sisters’ personal growth and the family drama will draw readers in. Readers will savor the quiet moments with the reserved, sensitive Katie. Megan’s lively, energetic voice works quite well in juxtaposition with the intricate, dense theme of the novel, creating a riveting contrast. Themes of hope, dreams, desire, sisterhood, romance, acceptance, understanding, positivity, and kindness are given plenty of room to breathe as Katie and Megan navigate a complex path. It’s an engrossing and rewarding story, and one readers will savor until they turn the last page.
Categories: Science Fiction