Author: TJ Klune
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Rating: 5.00 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 10/28/2016
Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)
Genre: Drama, Fiction, Historical, Mystery/Thriller, Romance, Science Fiction
In the small mountain town of Amorea, it’s stretching toward autumn of 1954. The memories of a world at war are fading in the face of a prosperous future. Doors are left unlocked at night, and neighbors are always there to give each other a helping hand.
The people here know certain things as fact:
Amorea is the best little town there is.
The only good Commie is a dead Commie.
The Women’s Club of Amorea runs the town with an immaculately gloved fist.
And bookstore owner Mike Frazier loves that boy down at the diner, Sean Mellgard. Why they haven’t gotten their acts together is anybody’s guess. It may be the world’s longest courtship, but no one can deny the way they look at each other.
Slow and steady wins the race, or so they say.
But something’s wrong with Mike. He hears voices in his house late at night. There are shadows crawling along the walls, and great clouds of birds overhead that only he can see.
Something’s happening in Amorea. And Mike will do whatever he can to keep the man he loves.
This is the first time in my (admittedly brief) tenure as a reviewer that I have ever wanted to give a book six stars.
I’m assuming the reason that Mr. Klune is not a best-selling mainstream author is the genre in which he writes, because it certainly isn’t due to a lack of literary heart or skill on his part. Murmuration is a joy and a wonder; a 106k love letter to patience and simpler times, intricately woven into a mystery of identity and mental health. Who and what is real, and why does that matter? Can you make something exist by believing in it hard enough? Or blink it away using sheer force of will? Those are the questions at the tiniest little forefront of a metric TON of curiosity packed into this story.
Through the eyes of Mike Frazier, we experience a series of truly puzzling events, the sweetest romance I’ve come across in years, and an absolutely chilling vocabulary issue before reaching The Crying Point (about 75%, FYI). Not only could I not stop the tears once they started – but I didn’t want to. The hurting felt like a necessary part of the hoping for a different outcome…a different world, a better life for Sean and his “big guy.” Did they get one? I promise you won’t regret buying the book to find out.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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