Once again Kathleen O’Donnell the author of Girl Gone Home hit’s out of the park! You may remember my review of her last book The Invisible Heiress (you can find it here if you haven’t read that one!)
These books are not your average mystery thriller! Kathleen can weave a story like none other. Her characters come alive with all of their eccentrics and scars. Damaged individuals getting through life the only way they know how.
In her latest, Girl Gone Home you meet Delilah Diamond, a woman whose entire life has been a psychological thriller. As a teenager she sees her mother solving her own problems with violence and shrouded in mystery. Is it no wonder that she tackles life in the exact same way?
As she takes a stroll down memory lane a story unfolds that will leave you at times breathless and other times shocked that things have stayed hidden for so long. Before you know it, the lines are blurred between right and wrong and you find yourself cheering for the criminals and hoping that their lives can go on unhindered.
The characters all with their own particular brand of weirdness aren’t often who they pretend to be and as the tale unfolds you see them as they are, but you also see them as they’d like to be.
When looking at the relationship between Delilah and her mom at first all you see is the dysfunction that has followed them throughout their lives. As the book goes on, you see that their love is strong and their loyalty knows no bounds.
The mother/daughter relationship is probably the most important relationship that a girl can have. It molds us into who we are today, but what happens when that mold is a little twisted and warped? Can what comes from that still be beautiful? You decide.