“Lark” | 60second Book Review

“Lark” | 60second Book Review


When a teenage girl is brutally raped and
murdered, what happens to her? Where does she go? And what happens to those she leaves behind? The answers to those questions are woven together
into a haunting and beautiful story … that just happens to be this week’s Pick. Normally I am not a fan of books that are
narrated by dead characters. And normally I am also not a fan of stories where the dead
can communicate with the living. But I have to hand it to Tracey Porter—she made me
a believer with Lark, a book that weaves together the story of a murdered girl and two of the
friends she left behind. Lark Austin was a promising 16-year-old when
she was raped and left for dead in a snowstorm. But as in any tragedy, the ripples of her
death affect more than those inside her family circle. There’s her former friend Eve, who
is already haunted by a few secrets of her own. And there’s also Lark’s former babysitting
charge, Nyetta—a girl who’s haunted by Lark herself. Mostly what Lark is about is interruption—especially
the way the lives of the survivors are interrupted and changed forever. And it’s a fitting
theme, actually, given that, in a note in the end, the author tells how her own life
was interrupted by the tragic murders of two friends. This painful, memorable book seems to be her
attempt at picking up the pieces—something that each of her characters must do before
they can finally find some version of peace.

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