Maddie dreads going home to face the memories of her dead sister. But she must return to the tiny town after a decade to attend a funeral. As it turns out, the haunting reminders of her twin are the least of her worries…
Not given any details of her sister’s murder at the age of ten, Maddie is persuaded to track down the killer. Following one ominous clue after another, she learns the surrogate family she thought honestly loved her has been hiding the truth of her childhood for eighteen years. As suppressed memories of her past come crashing forward, Maddie begins to doubt everything she once believed. And everybody she thought she could trust.
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book last month and devoured it, but I was waiting for the book’s release so it would be fresh in your mind when you could buy it.
The Art of Going Home was originally written a couple of years ago and she is re-releasing it this week with new edits and a brand new, absolutely gorgeous cover. It’s part of the Art of Living series, the second of which is, I hope, coming out soon.
This book grabbed me from the first page and kept me reading almost non-stop. The chapters were short, which made it easy to take a break whenever I had to work and easy to pick back up when I had some time set aside to read. Where a lot of books would slow down in the middle, this one kept up the pace, introducing new characters and some family secrets that even shocked me.
I loved Madisen, even though she and I have very little in common. She was flawed and in some ways not a very good person, but as the secrets are revealed I was able to understand why she was that way. I did want to grab her and shake some sense into her a few times, though. In spite of this, I still liked her a lot. Not every heroine has to be perfect!
The romance was strong between Madisen and Zac right from the beginning, and there didn’t seem like there was going to be much conflict apart from a bit of will-they-or-won’t-they tension. It was more of a natural progression than a romance novel, which was refreshing. When there was a big conflict, it made it all the better, and when they finally got together for real it was very satisfying.
The ending itself is also very good. There’s a twist that resolves the central mystery in this book and a great lead in to the next book in the series, The Art of Retribution. There was a little teaser in the back, which made me all the more eager to read more, but I had to remind myself that unlike the Flawed series I didn’t have more to read right away. It’s a great book that I definitely recommend to fans of romance and light mystery.
Tomorrow I have an interview with the author, Nicole Sorrell, and I hope you’ll stop in tomorrow and read more about her work!