Desire Lines: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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Desire Lines is a taut, penetrating new novel filled with psychological suspense, sensitivity, and emotional complexity by the critically acclaimed author of Sweet Water.

On the night of her high school graduation in 1986, Kathryn Campbell's best friend, Jennifer, vanished without a trace. It's been ten years since then, but Kathryn still feels the conspicuous void in her life—and the nagging, guilty sense that she has failed her friend.

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Overview

Desire Lines is a taut, penetrating new novel filled with psychological suspense, sensitivity, and emotional complexity by the critically acclaimed author of Sweet Water.

On the night of her high school graduation in 1986, Kathryn Campbell's best friend, Jennifer, vanished without a trace. It's been ten years since then, but Kathryn still feels the conspicuous void in her life—and the nagging, guilty sense that she has failed her friend.

When a divorce sends Kathryn reeling back to the Maine town where she grew up, the young journalist finds herself face-to-face with her past. At twenty-eight, she's been living for far too long on memories and questions; now she needs to take a hard look at her own life at the same time that she is delving into the mystery of what happened to her friend.

As she explores the seemingly random series of events that led up to Jennifer's disappearance, a pattern slowly begins to take shape. All the puzzle pieces are at her fingertips—it's a matter of whether Kathryn can put them together in a way that makes sense. As she faces her own fear and grief, she is finally able to come to terms with the ways in which the loss of her friend has shaped her life and the lives of those who knew her. In the process, Kathryn realizes that if she is ever going to understand the circumstances of Jennifer's disappearance, she is going to have to expose herself to the same risks and dangers. Ultimately, Kathryn's quest to find out the truth becomes a quest to save her own life as she races against time to keep Jennifer's fate from becoming hers. Desire Lines is a remarkable novel about friendship, memory, loss, and resurrection.

Desire Lines is a taut, penetrating new novel filled with psychological suspense, sensitivity, and emotional complexity by the critically acclaimed author of Sweet Water.

On the night of her high school graduation in 1986, Kathryn Campbell's best friend, Jennifer, vanished without a trace. It's been ten years since then, but Kathryn still feels the conspicuous void in her life—- and the nagging, guilty sense that she has failed her friend.

When a divorce sends Kathryn reeling back to the Maine town where she grew up, the young journalist finds herself face-to-face with her past. At twenty-eight, she's been living for far too long on memories and questions; now she needs to take a hard look at her own life at the same time that she is delving into the mystery of what happened to her friend.

As she explores the seemingly random series of events that led up to Jennifer's disappearance, a pattern slowly begins to take shape. All the puzzle pieces are at her fingertips—it's a matter of whether Kathryn can put them together in a way that makes sense. As she faces her own fear and grief, she is finally able to come to terms with the ways in which the loss of her friend has shaped her life and the lives of those who knew her. In the process, Kathryn realizes that if she is ever going to understand the circumstances of Jennifer's disappearance, she is going to have to expose herself to the same risks and dangers. Ultimately, Kathryn's quest to find out the truth becomes a quest to save her own life as she races against time to keep Jennifer's fate from becoming hers. Desire Lines is a remarkable novel about friendship, memory, loss, and resurrection.

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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune
"EDITOR'S CHOICE. . . A novel involving a vanished and, of course, stunning young woman is hardly a new concept, but Christina Baker Kline artfully crafts this absorbing book, bringing equal insight to the characters of Kathryn, the protagonist, and Jennifer, the friend who disappeared 10 years before on the night of their high school graduation."
Entertainment Weekly
What makes this Gen-X-targeted novel so satisfying is how intelligently Kline dovetails Kathryn's challenge to find her way in life with her attempts to solve a psychologically resonant mystery."
Publishers Weekly
The author of Sweet Water offers a taut, absorbing novel about a woman who must solve a haunting mystery in order to move on with her life. Kathryn Campbell has been in emotional limbo since the mysterious disappearance of her best friend, Jennifer, on the night of their 1986 high-school graduation. A decade later, she finds herself returning to their hometown of Bangor, Maine -- even though, with a failed marriage under her belt and a journalism career idling in neutral, moving back in with her (also divorced) mother is probably not the best way to boost her self-esteem. So when a friend asks Kathryn to write a newspaper story about Jennifer, Kathryn reluctantly agrees. Since Kathryn's return coincides with her class's reunion, she has ample opportunity to interview the four former companions who were with Jennifer on that fateful night, as well as others who might have played a hand in Jennifer's baffling disappearance. As Kathryn delves into her best friend's background, unnerving facts about the seemingly golden girl start to emerge, and soon it is obvious that someone is trying to thwart her investigation. The mystery of why Jennifer vanished becomes even more puzzling as new facts come to light, and Kathryn's eventual insight that some ambiguities are part of life brings depth to the narrative. Kline's edge-of-the-seat denouement ties up the plot threads with dexterity and also allows for a plausible future for Kathryn herself.
Boston Globe
Desire Lines has the staying power of art....Kline dramatizes private life, from the charged crosscurrents of broken families to the robust intimacies of sex, with a generous, knowing appreciation of human nature. But what impresses most about the author is the pulsing depth and ambiguity she brings to her sometimes maddening but lovable main character, Kathryn, who blooms into adulthood as she turns over the soil of her past and exposes the hidden turnings of the human heart."
Entertainment Weekly
"What makes this Gen-X-targeted novel so satisfying is how intelligently Kline dovetails Kathryn's challenge to find her way in life with her attempts to solve a psychologically resonant mystery."
New York Times Book Review
...Kline vividly describes how the sensory memories of adolescence remain acutely intact, no matter how far removed adults may seem from their teen-age years....Kline's handling of the large cast of characters...[is] so well done that the reader will keep turning the pages.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062020826
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 6,733
  • File size: 595 KB

Meet the Author

Christina Baker Kline was born in England and raised in Maine. She is the author of six novels, including The Way Life Should Be and the runaway bestseller Orphan Train. Writer-in-residence at Fordham University from 2007–2011, Kline is a recent recipient of a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowship and several research fellowships to Ireland and Minnesota. She lives outside of New York City, and spends as much time as possible in Northern Minnesota and on the coast of Maine.

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  • Posted March 8, 2014

    By the author of Orphan Train, but not nearly as compelling. St

    By the author of Orphan Train, but not nearly as compelling. Story of journalist Kathryn’s return to her home town in Maine after a failed marriage, and just in time for her 10-year high school reunion, interwoven with her investigation into the graduation-night disappearance of her best friend. She interviews all her high school friends, some of which obviously know more than they are telling. By the end I was no longer interested in the characters and was just skimming just to learn what really happened.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted May 3, 2014

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    I didn't care much for this book.. the authors other books are better...this book was too long for the story it told.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2014

    A good read

    I read this book after reading the Orphan Train which was a page turner. I was a little disappointed but it was still a good read. Just not as good.

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