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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Still Photo by Kim Harnes

Still PhotoStill Photo by Kim Harnes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was lucky enough to get this book direct from the author Kim Harnes.

Just looking at the cover intrigued me, it told me of a person that was split, I thought, maybe split personality.
The dark tare in the middle, I thought was something sinister. I'm a sucker for book covers telling a story and this cover really did suit the plot.

We have Jessica. We have Brody. We have Jessica's Mother who is a drunk and abuses Jess. We have her Father who she loves, respects and looks up to.

But is all as it seems? No its not.

The start of the book was slow for me. It picked up though, and when it did it was a fast pace that kept me wanting to read more when I should have been doing household chores!

Its difficult for me to give you an outline of this book as no matter how I try I'm going to reveal a spoiler, so I don't want to focus on that, what I do want to focus on is the authors writing.

Kim Harnes has a way of telling a story, it really sucks you into its pages. The revelation at the end of this book was just not what I expected. I really didn't think of that at all!!!

Some chapters throw you back into Jess past with Jess life, ideas and emotions, then you come up to the present day and you wonder towards the ending what was real and what was not. Not in a confusing way, it was all to do with the "twist" the "plot".

I really don't know how Kim Harnes thought this brilliant story through, but whatever and however she materialized this plot is outstanding.

I would definitely urge you to read it. Keep with it, it really shocks the pants off you at the end.

Jess Waterford’s mother is evil. Since she took off seven years ago—just days after Jess’s ninth birthday—without so much as a wave goodbye, Jess has always wondered what happened to her. And despite the end of her mother’s mental and physical abuse, the memories and the scars still remain. Jess conceals the hurt within by practicing her photography, and by spending as much time as her dad will allow with her baseball star boyfriend, Brody Campbell. 

Determined to make use of her new camera, Jess dives into photographing everything in sight. But periodically the resulting prints are flawed, ever so slightly: a smudge on a tree trunk; a blemish in the bus window. These imperfections are not as random as they may seem, however, and Brody and Jess soon discover together that each of these pictures combine to form another image—the grisly image of a murder scene, with Jess’s mother as the victim. 

As the new photograph takes shape, Jess’s desire to complete it consumes her, and Brody’s health begins to deteriorate. Torn between her quest to reveal her mother’s killer and her continued worry over Brody’s failing health, Jess finally finds the last piece to the puzzle, and the answer sends her world spiraling into depths from which she may never recover

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