Take Me Apart
by Sara Sligar
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Pub Date 28 Apr 2020 | Archive Date 15 Dec 2020
"A juicy thriller" (Entertainment Weekly) · "Absorbing" (USA Today) · "Dark and thoughtful" (Washington Post) · "Gratifying" (Wall Street Journal) · "Sun-soaked noir" (LA Review of Books)
A spellbinding novel of psychological suspense that follows a young archivist’s obsession with her subject’s mysterious death as it threatens to destroy her fragile grasp on sanity.
When the famed photographer Miranda Brand died mysteriously at the height of her career, it sent shock waves through Callinas, California. Decades later, old wounds are reopened when her son Theo hires the ex-journalist Kate Aitken to archive his mother’s work and personal effects.
As Kate sorts through the vast maze of material and contends with the vicious rumors and shocking details of Miranda's private life, she pieces together a portrait of a vibrant artist buckling under the pressures of ambition, motherhood, and marriage. But Kate has secrets of her own, including a growing attraction to the enigmatic Theo, and when she stumbles across Miranda's diary, her curiosity spirals into a dangerous obsession.
A seductive, twisting tale of psychological suspense, Take Me Apart draws readers into the lives of two darkly magnetic young women pinned down by secrets and lies. Sara Sligar's electrifying debut is a chilling, thought-provoking take on art, illness, and power, from a spellbinding new voice in suspense.
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Thank you to Macmillan for the ARC copy of this novel.
I did download a copy due to a travel issue, so thank you to NetGalley and Edelweiss as well.
If you like B.A. Paris and Liv Constantine mystery reads then Take Me Apart will peak your interest. It is an adult mystery that has an unreliable narrator, who isn't really sure what she is getting into when so goes to take care of a famed photographer's possessions. It is a mystery that unfolds slowly with a heavy tension. I loved this one immensely that author felt like she'd been doing this forever and it's a debut! I look forward to more of her work.
I can't say enough about how much I loved this book. What an amazing debut. Deep psychological insight and gorgeous writing. There was so much to admire from a feminist perspective as well. The ending in particular is very satisfying!
Told in alternating chapters of the main character and the object of her growing obsession, Take Me Apart was a well-paced, beautifully written and engaging psychological thriller from an author whose works I'll be on look-out for.
Great debut novel. I wished a few things had been more closely examined or revisited, but overall an exciting read.
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