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Saint X Claire Is Only Seven Years Old When Her College Age Sister, Alison, Disappears On The Last Night Of Their Family Vacation At A Resort On The Caribbean Island Of Saint X Several Days Later, Alison S Body Is Found In A Remote Spot On A Nearby Cay, And Two Local Men Employees At The Resort Are Arrested But The Evidence Is Slim, The Timeline Against It, And The Men Are Soon Released The Story Turns Into National Tabloid News, A Lurid Mystery That Will Go Unsolved For Claire And Her Parents, There Is Only The Return Home To Broken LivesYears Later, Claire Is Living And Working In New York City When A Brief But Fateful Encounter Brings Her Together With Clive Richardson, One Of The Men Originally Suspected Of Murdering Her Sister It Is A Moment That Sets Claire On An Obsessive Pursuit Of The Truth Not Only To Find Out What Happened The Night Of Alison S Death But Also To Answer The Elusive Question Who Exactly Was Her Sister At Seven, Claire Had Been Barely Old Enough To Know Her A Beautiful, Changeable, Provocative Girl Of Eighteen At A Turbulent Moment Of Identity FormationAs Claire Doggedly Shadows Clive, Hoping To Gain His Trust, Waiting For The Slip That Will Reveal The Truth, An Unlikely Attachment Develops Between Them, Two People Whose Lives Were Forever Marked By The Same Tragedy 3.5 STARS It all started on a fictional island called Saint X So much is going on in this story, I m surprised it wasn t as long as it felt Sometimes I enjoy detailed descriptive writing, BUT at times this felt too slow with uneven pacing that had me getting frustrated Maybe I was expecting a fast paced thriller suspense Not happening here.A slow burn for sure, with a focus on obsession, lies and the psyche of the leading characters At times it read like a movie and I was pulled into the events happening, but some chapters were repetitive and I became very distracted with too much information being given and that took away from the overall pace for me yes, TMII thought the end worked well and I couldn t stop reading the last chapters No interruptions please I had to know the conclusion to the murder mystery It wasn t the ending I predicted.A mixed bag for me Complex, with many layers There is much to discuss and I wish I would have done a buddy read.If you enjoy exploring the psyche of characters with a focus on grief drama, this one may work well for you Thanks to the publisher for my review copy This one is out in February 2020. That night, Claire is awakened by the sound of a key rattling in the lock As she surfaces from dreams, she watches the door to the hotel room open Her sister tiptoes across the room and slides into bed In the morning Claire wakes at dawn to find her sister s bed empty She is on the balcony, her eyes fixed on something in the distance It seems her sister is hardly sleeping at all The problem with reading a book and putting off writing the review for weeks is that the small details begin to fade, but Saint X is the type of read that requires deep thought and pondering before discussing I m still not sure I can do a review of this book justice, as it is so many aspects put into one cohesive timeline Part true crime style mystery, part delayed coming of age, Saint X provides a suspenseful investigation coupled with self discovery of the protagonist.This was an eye opening glance at how deep the ties between race and privilege run The author did a fantastic job of creating a unique narrative while touching on themes as old as time, and bringing attention to just how far America, and us privileged folks in general, needs to progress The pacing is very slow and detailed, which works well for this type of story, but is told in such a riveting voice This isn t a thriller per se, but it does take on a few of the qualities that fans of psychological suspense find appealing If you re interested in other recent literary fiction novels featuring social justice discussions, such as American Dirt, please consider giving your time to this worthy story as wellMany thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy. 2.5 stars Did you ever wish something terrible would happen to you so the world could see how strong you areAlison was always the star of the family beautiful, brilliant and absolutely perfect and Claire idolized her.But one Caribbean vacation on the island of Saint X later, their family of four became a family of three.Even though Claire was only seven, that memory was burned into her mind Their voices, though still friendly on the surface, have a coldness to them No, she tells herself She is just imagining it. Her sister s body was found washed up on the beach and Claire s life was forever changed.And now that Claire is older and has moved out, gotten the job and has checked off the hundred other adult things she should be doing she just can t let Alison goYou can t bring the stars Why not You can t carry them I ll bring whatever I wantAnd then one day, Claire runs into Clive one of the men who was accused of killing her sister And right then and there, Claire decides to NOT let this opportunity pass her by any longer The winter, these nights, this man it stretched on and on I could see no end in sight. So I loved the premise of this one I think that was really, really well done I thought Claire and the elusive Alison made an interesting set of characters You learn about Alison through interviews, tapes and Claire s memories, which then gives you an idea of who Claire truly is.I was intrigued by Claire s mission to solve her sister s murder and when Clive came onto the page my pulse quickened. And then, just as quickly, it went back to normal This is one of those books where early on you realize that you meandera lot And sometimes, I absolutely LOVE that and makes the book one of my favoritesand sometimes it just doesn t work With thanks to the author and the publisher for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.All quotes come from an uncorrected proof and are subject to change upon publication.YouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat miranda.reads Thought Provoking Saint X is a fascinating character study that explores familial relationships, the boundaries of friendship, racial divide, and class privilege through the death of an 18 year old girl on an exclusive Caribbean island resort Saint X is the story of Alison Thomas a beautiful, witty and privileged 18 year old girl who is found dead on an island during her family s vacation in the 1990s Claire, her seven year old sister, is now an only child Two native islanders are accused of Allison s murder Fast forward Claire is now 25 years old and haunted by her sister s death A random encounter puts her in the presence of one of the men accused of her sister s murder Claire becomes obsessed with this man She lives to find out about the truth about what happened to her sister one fateful night so long ago Obsession leads to self reflection and a startling truth about Claire s own life.The narrative, told primarily in the third person, focuses on Alison, Claire, Clive Richardson, The Island of Saint X, and the people who call the island home Schaitkin takes a multi genre approach seamlessly blending these stories with interviews, autopsy reports, diaries, etc Saint X made for an interesting reading experience I didn t love the characters, but I found Schaitkin s writing style hypnotic I felt as if I were in a trance while reading this The pace is slow but compelling enough to keep one reading Themes of class, race, sexuality, and privilege amongst others had me constantly thinking This is a book that I am going to remember Saint X is an impressive debut novel, and I can t wait to see what Shaitkin writes next.Thank you to Jaime Novan at Celadon Books for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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