I received a free copy of Cartwheel from TLC Book Tours for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for this post.
About the Book:
When Lily Hayes arrives in Buenos Aires for her semester abroad, she is enchanted by everything she encounters: the colorful buildings, the street food, the handsome, elusive man next door. Her studious roommate Katy is a bit of a bore, but Lily didn’t come to Argentina to hang out with other Americans.
About the Author:
This is my second book by Ms. duBois and while I must admit that I preferred her first, A Partial History of Lost Causes, I did find myself lost within the pages of Cartwheel. My main complaint and I’ll get it out first is that the book opens with a statement that while it may mimic the Amanda Knox case (google it if you are so far out of touch/and or don’t see or hear news you don’t know who she is) it is a completely a work of fiction. Yes, it is a work of fiction but I could not separate Amanda Knox from Lily Hayes and that was problematic. And I didn’t even see all that much coverage of the whole Italian story – only what showed up on network news.
That being written I do love Ms. duBois’s way with a character. In this novel she uses mainly four; Lily, Lily’s father, Lily’s boyfriend and the prosecutor who will try her. The story it told in alternating chapters, in the different voices and covers the period before young Katy was murdered, a bit of the trial and a bit of time afterward. It is a book of thoughts, feelings and nuance. It is not a book of action so if you are looking for a page turning murder mystery this is not the book for you. This is book that makes you think. With each successive chapter you change your mind about Lily. She’s guilty, she’s not guilty. She’s just a child. She’s a sociopath. But who really IS Lily Hays? That is up to each and every reader to decide. There are no easy answers in this book just as there are not easy answers in life.
It is a book I am very glad I read despite the disingenuous opening about Amanda Knox. It is of course, about that case. This book did not evolve in a vacuum but I am glad it did because it has caused me to truly THINK. I will keep it and read it again. It’s one of those books that I think will be a completely different book a year from now – even though the words are exactly the same.
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Disclosure: I received a free copy of Cartwheel from TLC Book Tours for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for this post.