Saturday, August 20, 2016

Book Review || Bradstreet Gate by Robin Kirman

Title: Bradstreet Gate
Author: Robin Kirman
Pages: 336
Rating: 5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Georgia, Charlie and Alice each arrive at Harvard with hopeful visions of what the future will hold. But when, just before graduation, a classmate is found murdered on campus, they find themselves facing a cruel and unanticipated new reality. Moreover, a charismatic professor who has loomed large in their lives is suspected of the crime. Though his guilt or innocence remains uncertain, the unsettling questions raised by the case force the three friends to take a deeper look at their tangled relationship. Their bond has been defined by the secrets they’ve kept from one another—Charlie’s love and Alice’s envy, Georgia’s mysterious affair—and over the course of the next decade, as they grapple with the challenges of adulthood and witness the unraveling of a teacher's once-charmed life, they must reckon with their own deceits and shortcomings, each desperately in search of answers and the chance to be forgiven.

A relentless, incisive, and keenly intelligent novel about promise, disappointment, and the often tenuous bonds of friendship, Bradstreet Gate is the auspicious debut of a tremendously talented new writer.

Bradstree Gate is about the murder of Julie Patel, and who possibly could have done it. Three Harvard students, Alice, Georgia, and Charlie plus a professor named Rufus Storrow have been sent back in time due to the 10 year anniversary of Patel's death. A journalist drops in on Georgia to let her know that there have been new developments on the case, and that Storrow is back in town. Throughout the book, it tells the aftermath of the murder of Patel has affected each character over the course of the ten years. 
I personally liked this book quite a bit, despite its low ratings on Goodreads. I dog-eared two pages in the epilogue so I'd be able to go back and find two quotes I liked so I could include them in my 2016 end of the year round up post of best books I've read. Even though the characters seem stoic and the book itself is of a depressing subject matter, I found the writing was both elegant and very easily readable while pulling me in and hypnotizing me. I read the first 100 pages just in the bath before I could put it down and actually finish showering. Lol!

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