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The Bright Forever – Book Review

If you want to listen, you’ll have to trust me. Or close the book; go back to your lives. I warn you: this is a story as hard to hear as it is for me to tell. -From The Bright Forever, page 4-

Lee Martin’s novel, The Bright Forever, is captivating. It grabs the reader by the throat and compels them to continue reading despite knowing that the end will not be a happy one. Martin uses multiple points of view to tell the story of nine year old Katie Mackey who disappears one bright day in her small Indiana town. At once horrifying and far too real, the novel reveals what happened to Katie through the senses of its various characters. The reader will feel like a voyeur while watching the story unfold – much like the ravenous public in today’s world who watch hours of footage revealing the latest headline tragedy.

Henry Dees, a private tutor who has been teaching Katie and become obsessed with her, is the primary narrator. He appears both cunning and painfully lost and by the end of the novel, the reader will question his reliability to tell the truth. Henry, along with all the characters, harbor secrets which they reveal as the story unfolds.

Well-crafted, suspenseful, a real page-turner – The Bright Forever will be a novel not easily forgotten.



  1. Anonymous Anonymous
    May 6, 2007    

    Wow – this sounds like a powerful read. I’m adding it to my list, but wondering if I’m up to it.
    Love the new colors. Very relaxing and cool.

  2. Anonymous Anonymous
    May 7, 2007    

    It’s a tough read at times – but it is powerful. Glad you like my new look – thought I needed to change it to more Spring colors *grin*

  3. Anonymous Anonymous
    January 25, 2008    

    I finished this book for book club this month. Reminded me a lot of The Lovely Bones, mainly due to subject matter. I liked hearing the story from several different view points. I agree about it being a page turner–you don’t know the full extent of Henry Dees’ involvement until the very end.

  4. Anonymous Anonymous
    January 26, 2008    

    Glad you enjoyed it Tammy – it was very well written, I thought. And even at the end, it was hard to know how much Henry Dees was continuing to cover up or lie about, wasn’t it?

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