WIDE OPEN, by Deborah Coates

Sgt. Hallie Michaels knows her sister Dell didn’t commit suicide.  On leave from Afghanistan, Hallie has only ten days to prove it.  Helped by the deputy sheriff, and hindered by almost everyone else, Hallie uncovers a mysterious pattern of disappearances.  And ghosts.  And a burgeoning magic that is bearing down on the prairies like a terrible summer storm.

This is a quiet novel, peopled by characters who will not — or cannot — articulate what they need or how they feel.  And Coates’ ability to evoke silence and isolation (of all sorts) was immensely impressive.  A strong debut, and recommended reading.  CS

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