This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. A novel that’s unique and compelling as all get-out. Characters so darn real. A villain. A mystery. Murder. Yum!
THE NATURE OF FRAGILE THINGS takes place in San Francisco. Sophie Whalen has just arrived on a train from New York City. The year is 1906. An Irish immigrant, she’s been staying in a tenement that she was desperate to escape. And when she answers an ad for a wife to a widower she suddenly becomes a mail-order bride complete with a child. Wow. Martin Hocking hustles Sophie over to the courthouse as soon as her feet hit the dirt. They are married lickedy split and Boom, she’s his wife. Hm. He’s handsome beyond reason. And seems financially secure. So why the big hurry? She fears something is fishy but needs the position and when she sees the big house he’s bought, well, she’s all in.
The tension rises every time Martin leaves for extended business trips. Sophie is busy caring for Kat, the five-year-old daughter, and so she misses some of the clues. But when a strangle young pregnant woman shows up on her doorstep she can no longer look away. And the story plunges into Hell.
So many questions. You will have so many of them as you read with your heart pounding. Once the earthquake drops the city into darkness and rubble, everything changes on a dime. Meissner has certainly done her homework. The earthquake rises around you as you read and you find yourself in the middle of the great tragedy and its aftermath. I have long been fascinated with this earthquake. As harsh as the telling is it does not disappoint. You will never think of San Francisco in the same light.
What a great time for crooks and thieves to expand their crimes. And anyone looking to hide, well, you can only imagine.
Put this amazing novel on your to-read list right now. It’s great for clubs. There is so darn much to talk about. I am a huge fan of Susan Meissner as it is. But this is her best novel yet! You can pick up your copy of this wonderful novel at Copperfish Books where we have them on our shelf today at 20% off. I’m so grateful to Penguin Random House and Edelweiss for allowing me to read a digital review copy of this amazing novel way ahead of pub date in exchange for an honest review. Well, readers, you are in for an amazing reading experience. It’s simply wonderful! I loved it.