Dennis LeHane Books/Ecco, 2013
Summer in Red Hook, Brooklyn, a blue collar neighborhood where hipster gourmet supermarkets push against tired housing projects, and the East River opens into the bay. Bored and listless, fifteen-year-old June and Val are looking for some fun. Forget the boys, the bottles, the coded whistles. Val wants to do something wild and a little crazy: take a raft out onto the bay.
But out on the water, as the bright light of day gives way to darkness, the girls disappear. Only Val will survive, washed ashore semi-conscious in the weeds.
So, my blog is a little to pink and peppy for this book. In a word, this book would be gritty. I’m not the first one to describe it that way. It’s just the best word for it. After reading this book, I feel like I know more about Brooklyn. It was a character in the book. I learned about the culture, the environment, the history. I liked how it didn’t hide from tough subjects like race. It was a compelling story, an almost mystery, and a nice change from what I usually read. I’ll definitely read other books by this author in the future.