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Frances Pastan is a mess. Though a celebrated author of children’s books, she’s arrived at middle age depressed and alcoholic, alienated from her daughter and lost in regret for events of long ago. To conquer her demons, Frances must undertake a journey both physical and emotional–a journey into her deepest past, to the small town of her childhood where she discovered her first real friend, Lucy Sparrow. To remember their happy, crazy times together. And to find Lucy’s killer. A MATRIX OF ANGELS is a harrowing, deeply moving novel of love, loss, and the fierce power of memory.

Published: Creative Guy Publishing on
ISBN: 9781894953726
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Positives: Conlon does an excellent job with both first person narrative and a female protagonist. Frances Pastan and her struggles are an authentic feminine voice and she’s a great character. The premise was also promising… a woman searching for answers in the horrific murder of a childhood friend. The violence was minimal (very welcome) and the emotional landscape very intense. Negatives: The intensity and direction seemed to peter out as the story progressed. Pastan finds the killer living in poverty as an old man. And? Nothing really happens. Instead of a powerful, haunting climax, it’s more of a whimper and the story ends. Summary: An interesting read, but not top of the list that’s for sure. The little story that didn’t…more

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Positives: Conlon does an excellent job with both first person narrative and a female protagonist. Frances Pastan and her struggles are an authentic feminine voice and she’s a great character. The premise was also promising… a woman searching for answers in the horrific murder of a childhood friend. The violence was minimal (very welcome) and the emotional landscape very intense. Negatives: The intensity and direction seemed to peter out as the story progressed. Pastan finds the killer living in poverty as an old man. And? Nothing really happens. Instead of a powerful, haunting climax, it’s more of a whimper and the story ends. Summary: An interesting read, but not top of the list that’s for sure. The little story that didn’t…more
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