My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is the reason I don’t give out five stars often. Wonderful and amazing are the first two words that come to mind, but that just sounds like empty praise, so let me dial that back and tell you what this book is without all the hyperbole.
It’s a contemporary murder mystery, but also so much more than that. The themes of love, loyalty and addiction that occur throughout are powerful. Swift is a beautiful character that will win your heart. He’s so lovely and complicated that once I started reading I really couldn’t stop.
The Choose Your Own Adventure introductions to every chapter were clever and compelling–loved that little touch. The poetry references were perfect and not overboard as can sometimes happen with stories about poets.
Overall, just a stunning and remarkable book that I heartily recommend. I wish I could remember where I heard about this one, because I’d run back there right now and see what other gems I could find. As it is, I know I’ll be reading more Josh Lanyon very soon.