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Posted December 31, 2011
Caught me by surprise
Unique book that caught me by surprise. Got my daughter to read it and now my husband who is in the middle of trying to figure things out. Produces some interesting conversations. The book starts out slow in the first couple of chapters, but then grabs ahold of you and does not let go to the end. Enjoy! LeWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 12, 2010
Intriguing debut novel
When we first meet Luke, he is a 6-year-old boy playing on a New York City playground, where he's just befriended another little boy named Daniel. The story is told through Daniel's narrative, so it takes a while to realize there is something not quite right about Daniel; it takes longer to come to the same realization about Luke.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
"In This Way I Was Saved" is a debut novel about a young man struggling to come of age without his absentee father, who ran off to start another family after he realized he couldn't deal with Luke's mother's mental illness.
Luke's mother Claire runs a family-owned publishing company. She took over after her own mother, who also struggled with mental illness, ended her own life. Luke's mother often locks herself in her bedroom for weeks on end, emerging as if nothing has happened, leaving young Luke to fend for himself. Daniel often takes care of Luke during these episodes.
In telling this story, Daniel eventually realizes he is not a real person, yet he yearns to gain control over Luke's actions and thoughts. Early on in their friendship, Daniel talks Luke into killing their family puppy. After Claire finds the corpse and Luke tells her that Daniel is at fault, Claire recognizes something in this behavior and rushes Luke to a psychiatrist.
After regular sessions with his doctor, Luke is able to banish Daniel for many years. However, during one of Claire's particularly bad episodes when Luke is 18-years-old, Daniel comes back into the forefront, and Luke takes him off to college with him.
Luke struggles to contain Daniel's behavior throughout many new endeavors in college. He finds it difficult to make friends, and he knows Daniel will always be there for him. He allows Daniel to stay with him, yet tries to stave off the evil that emanates from Daniel.
Finding it to be a losing battle, Luke gives in to some of Daniel's ongoing commentary; just enough for something truly terrible to happen. Just enough for Luke to rush back to the city to talk to his former psychiatrist to try to find out how Daniel emerged and how to get rid of Daniel forever.
An interesting story, told from an interesting point of view, this keeps you guessing until the end on how things will turn out. Foreshadowing allows that no good will come of this story, however the reader pulls for Luke nonetheless.
Posted July 6, 2011
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