Member Blogs > Journey of a BooksellerWorld Enough: A Boston-based noir mystery by Clea Simon

  • Sun, 01 Oct 2017 09:00:00    Permalink
    Tara has lost her husband and is divorced.  She has a good job but it's boring.  So when she runs into an old friend and he offers to have her write a story about the bands and music they grew up with, she says yes.  She sees no danger there but there are secrets hidden in the past...

    Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 1st.

    Tara remembers the music setting her free, letting her dance in wild abandon, drink what she wanted and to admire the men on the scene.  She felt like they were a tight group.  She also knew they were a bunch of misfits.  They loved their music, they didn't care much about jobs, and they drank and took drugs randomly.  They were living that song title:  Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll.

    She's on a quest to see if the lead singer who died those many years ago killed himself or if someone else did.  Then another member of her circle of friends dies at the foot of the basement stairs in the present day.  Was he alone or was he pushed?

    The deeper she digs, the more she finds out what kind of pit they were living in.  Everyone ignored things.  If you didn't see it, you didn't have to worry about it.  Her fantasy land of the past had some ugly pieces of life in it and she finds all that when she rehashes the past.

    I did my own share of drinking and dancing when I was in my early twenties, so I could relate to the story.  I avoided drug scenes and the people who used them.  But it's a fine line.  And Tara is too close to the line...

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