ARC Provided by NetGalley
Shelby Jane Cooper never really gets out much. She lives a quiet uneventful life with her mother, she is homeschooled, and her mother has trained her to be wary of everyone. Shelby might not ever go to college, get a job, or even go on a date because of the invisible leash her mother has her on, but she doesn't really complain because her mother does it out of love and worry. How can she know that there is something more sinister than that lurking behind her mother's reasoning? One night she does the unthinkable; her mother has given her strict instructions to be outside of the library at 8 PM not a minute more and not a minute less, but Shelby decides to go out to wait for her mother a couple of minutes earlier than planned. How was she supposed to know that would be the night that all her mother's worries became reality? Struck by a vehicle and before she loses consciousness she sees a a lone coyote, and she is warned there will be two lies and then the truth, right before she passes out. Slowly, as the hospital begins to ask simple questions such as insurance information, Shelby realizes her mother is hiding something... but what she can't imagine is that her mother his harboring a deep and dark secret that will crush Shelby's reality into pieces.
This was such a great story. I may have given it 3.5 stars but it's because there were things I personally did not like about Shelby. The overall situation with her mother, the lies, and eventually the truth were what roped me in. The interludes of Shelby passing out and dreaming of journeys fit for Native Indian mythology were also not may favorite. Don't get me wrong, I completely understood why the author chose to reveal the truth to Shelby via the dreams. Her coming to terms with the reality was by far a journey of great spirituality. I really did like Charm & Strange, and just like that one this novel inspired constant turning of the pages to find out how this all would be accomplished.
3.5 Stars, Thanks NetGalley.