REVIEW: Beautiful and tragic comes to mind when I think about the book Shadow and Light by Carol Koris. This is my first book by this author and I was totally abosrbed by this book. My world fell away and I was living along side Maggie the main character.
Maggie and her husband Brian lose their only child to a tragic and senseless accident. Maggie did not receive the support from her husband that she so desperately needed. Brian wanted her to get on with life and move forward and Maggie was still grieving. I felt for her and could understand all of the feelings that she was experiencing. These people and their life is so real I forgot that I was reading a book. It literally broke my heart.
There are many ups and downs in this book and many subjects are discussed. Ms. Koris treated her subject matter with the utmost respect. I have to give her a lot of credit. I would definintely recommend this book to anyone that enjoys this kind of fiction or even those that are stumbling along on their own journey of grief. I think it shows that grief is not a straight line and nobody experiences it in the same way. I think the reader would learn to give themselves some grace.
The genres of this book is listed as Mystery, Thiller and Suspense Literary Fiction. It is that and so much more. I felt the mystery and suspense kind of took and back seat to what was actually going on with Maggie and her grief. If you like any of those genres, you will most definitely enjoy this book.
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SYNOPSIS: Shadow and Light is a novel about a photographer who loses her eight-year-old daughter in a tragic accident then chances across an opportunity to help another parent save her own daughter. With her marriage strained and her business on the verge of failure, the novel’s protagonist, thirty-four-year-old Maggie Miller, seeks emotional refuge from the death of her daughter in the solitary activity of taking pictures of families at rest stops on the Florida Turnpike. When she finds she has inadvertently taken a picture of a missing child, Maggie’s near-obsessional quest to find the missing girl further imperils her marriage, her business and, to the concern of those closest to her, her already-fragile psyche.
Her decisions and the actions that follow her search could save or endanger the child’s life, and Maggie realizes she has been attempting to do what she could not do for her own child. In the process of facing the subjectivity of perception and the fallibility of human nature, she brings herself to the first stirrings of self-forgiveness, acceptance, and growth.