Saint X

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On the last night of a family vacation, seven-year-old Claire’s sister Alison does not return to the hotel room. Days later, after an extensive search, Alison is found dead at a secluded spot on the island. Two suspects are quickly arrested but are released shortly thereafter as the timelines do not fit with the death. The family returns home and tries to put their lives back together while the mystery of what happened to Alison remains unsolved. Almost twenty years later, Claire randomly comes into contact with one of the men suspected of killing her sister and embarks on an all-encompassing search to find the answer to what happened to Alison all those years ago.

This read is not a police procedural, and the mystery of what happened to Alison is not the focus of this book. Saint X is more about Claire’s journey to understand the sister she idolized but barely knew. If you are looking for a Dateline-type murder mystery that will have you turning pages late into the night, this is not the book for you because this is a slow burn read that raises many questions relating to social issues including class, privilege, race, family dynamics, grief, and sexuality. The writing style was very uneven. Many parts were too descriptive with the overuse of parentheses and examples that, after a paragraph, were skimmed by this reader. There were often times the author needed to give the reader more because questions remain unanswered.

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Author Alexis Schaitkin
Star Count 2.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 352 pages
Publisher Celadon Books
Publish Date 2020-02-18
ISBN 9781250219596
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Issue March 2020
Category Popular Fiction


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