Vivacious, bold and memorable..

The Last Winter of Dani LancingThe Last Winter of Dani Lancing by P.D. Viner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the kind of book that grabs your attention and doesn’t let go.
Viner has created a fresh and distinctive piece, which was a pleasure to read.
I enjoyed the time skipping. Viner managed to let the times flow into each other with such perfect fluidity.
Going from past to present and spending time in Jim Lancing’s head. Not that the reader is completely sure whether it is reality or not or whether they are actually taking place in his head. Is he having conversations with a ghost or are the entire dialogues happening in his mind?
It is a very compelling read that reels the reader in like a fish on the end of a hook.
The tone and emotional setting throughout reminded me of the Lovely Bones. The scenes between Dani and her father are especially heart-wrenching. The story focuses on the loss of Dani and the impact it has on the lives and decisions of the people left behind.
As is quite common the parents have the image of their innocent child in their heads and are unprepared for the darker adult elements that are revealed. It is hard to relate to the adult their child has become.
Viner keeps it riveting and simultaneously frustrating because he puts the reader behind a glass window looking through onto the story. He reveals information that the characters know but the reader has been kept in the dark about. It is often like someone opening the doors of an Advent-calendar during December, always expecting a surprise and never knowing what it might be.
Patty was the person I related to the most. I could feel her anger and need for vengeance. I understood the need to hurt, punish and possibly kill the person who murdered her daughter.
Overall I thought it was a breath of fresh air and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.

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