One of the most intricately crafted and well-told stories of its time,Ophelia’s Room tells the story of a family that suffers through heartbreak, demons, and betrayal. The book starts off with one of the main characters, Delia Mull, delivering a little baby girl named Ophelia. Tragedy strikes the family when the baby is killed within the first chapter of the book. With an opening like this, how could any reader not want to continue to find out what happens next?
The story moves forward as Delia and her husband grieve for their loss and figure out how to live through it. Delia especially has a difficult time and really struggles to get her life back to some kind of normalcy. The chapters alternate between the different settings in the book. Some of the chapters update the reader on Charlie and Delia and how they are dealing with the loss of Ophelia. Some chapters tell the story about the relationship between Charlie’s parents, Thelma and Doyle, which gives insight into the relationship between Charlie and Delia. And some of the chapters follow Delia’s father, Lloyd. The reader learns about the everyday lives of the people in Parsons, Kansas. The story moves at a steady pace with a certain calmness to it until it nears the end. All of the parts of the story prove to be very important and although the reader may wonder why certain characters have been introduced throughout the book, it all comes together in the end.
The climax of this book is very shocking and I have to say that I didn’t expect what happens both at the beginning and at the end. Because the characters are very well-developed in the book, the dialogue makes the reader feel as if he or she is standing right there with the characters as things go awry. This book has all of the characteristics of a well-written piece of historical fiction with elements of a domestic thriller that make the story exciting.
I would recommend Ophelia’s Room to readers who love small-town mysteries and thrillers. This is a book that will keep the pages turning and perhaps even want to make you read it more than once. A truly bittersweet work of art
|Author||Michael Scott Garvin|
|Page Count||425 pages|
|Publisher||Wide Prairie Publishing|
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|Category||Mystery, Crime & Thriller|