Book review: Waiting for the night song by Julie Carrick dalton

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“Truth hides in fissures and hollows, in broken places and empty parts. It can be buried, crushed, or burnt, but the truth will always rise.”

It’s funny how much one moment can change the lives of so many people. In a split second, you go from the world you once knew to something you never knew existed. One summer, over twenty years ago, this is what happened to Cadie and Daniela.

A murder took place one summer, and the girls witnessed the event. If that wasn’t bad enough, one of the girls is so scared to she tells Daniela’s mother what happened. That summer, they buried their secret and attempted to move on with their lives.

Twenty years later, Cadie is out saving the forest from deadly beetles and doing her best to put that incident behind her. Unfortunately, some things don’t stay buried, and you’ll find that you can longer run from the past. The body from that summer has been found. Now Cadie must return home and confront everything she was trying to forget.

Cadie reminds me of Claire from Saint X. Both girls went through a traumatic experience they wish to forget but are dying to get to the bottom of what happened. If you loved Clair, then you will love Cadie.

I love a good murder mystery. I enjoyed the imagery the author paints with her words. You feel Cadies passion for nature, and you feel her fear of facing what she all those years ago. I will be on the lookout for more books from the author.

Julie Carrick Dalton
Julie Carrick Dalton

Julie Carrick Dalton grew up in Maryland and on a military base in Germany. As an adult, she bounced around from Seattle to Dallas to Virginia, before finding her true home in Boston, where she has lived for more than twenty years. Her writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, BusinessWeek, The Hollywood Reporter, Electric Literature, and other publications. She contributes to The Chicago Review of Books, DeadDarlings, and The Writer Unboxed. A Tin House alum and graduate of GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator, Julie holds a Master’s in Literature and Creative Writing from Harvard Extension School. She is a frequent speaker on the topic of writing fiction in the age of climate crisis. Mom to four kids and two dogs, Julie is a passionate skier, hiker, and kayaker. She also owns and operates an organic farm. Please excuse her dirty fingernails.

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