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on Sep. 18, 2015 :
A compelling sense of mystery propels the reader forward in the Ninety-Ninth Reunion by Dene Hellman. Why not the hundredth? Well, this just happens to be the one the sister goes back to...just happens to be the one where she meets... just happens to be the one. And something is going to happen, but the psychic younger sister can’t see through walls erected by those she loves.
The story’s told in first person through different eyes, each section flowing beautifully from the last, and each view-point perfectly chosen. The characters seem very human and clear, from psychically skeptical big sister to dangerous stranger, and their tales weave together into a convincingly flawed fabric. Perhaps the mystery is the brother? Perhaps the parents? Perhaps...
And just when you wonder why the story didn’t start in the middle, it all makes sense, leaving the reader in awe! Hollywood doesn’t have to define all our endings; not all joy is uncomplicated sweetness; and life is built from the stuff of people and love.
I really enjoyed this book, with its wonderful sense of place and character, its powerfully haunting authenticity, and its intelligent weaving through the gulf between church, science, and psychic—wonderfully done, and a great book!
Disclosure: I acquired a free ecopy; I can’t remember how but I’m sorry it took me so long to get around to reading it.
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
on April 23, 2015 :
“Great read! Dene Hellman keeps you on the edge of your seat in The Ninety-Ninth Reunion as you turn the pages and begin to understand just how dangerous it might be to go back to your high school reunion to kick up the dust of the past!"
Ninety-Ninth Reunion, Dene Hellman
(reviewed 35 days after purchase)