What an interesting book. I’ve honestly never read anything like it, and I was new to Shelley Gray. In spite of some repetitious phrases (especially differing forms of “Lydia gasped”..), I really enjoyed it.
Whispers in the Reading Room is about a librarian and the fragile, unlikely friendship she finds herself in the midst of with one of her library’s patrons… a patron who also happens to be the owner of one of Chicago’s most notorious gambling bars. Naively on the verge of a ruined reputation, Lydia becomes determined to visit the questionable business when she discovers its existence and connection to her friend, Sebastian. Between the mysterious murders and accusations coming at them from every direction, it’s a fairly dark tale… but this, at the same time, has quite a redemptive plot.
Sebastian, Lydia, and the others I came to know in this book struggle much with their need to be needed and to stop hiding behind facades. They must learn to be honest with each other, and rely on God and His redeeming grace and mercy, in order to truly live.
What food to compare this book to?! I’m at a loss. I think I’ll go with salted chocolate chip cookies.. with caramels inside as a surprise. This book surprised me many times. The plot kept me guessing, and there were more layers and flavors than I was expecting.
*I received this book in exchange for my honest review.