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Waiting for the Night Song is a genre-breaking work—literary fiction blended with suspense, racial issues, and climate change. The protagonist, Cadie Kessler, is an entomologist studying beetles and how they kill trees, which in turn, because of the increase in fuel, sets up forest fires.
Cadie and Daniela live on the shores of a New Hampshire lake—until a catastrophic incident occurs when Cadie is eleven destroys their friendship. Decades later Daniela calls Cadie to tell her their long-held childhood secrets are about to surface with dire consequences Daniela’s family and other people.
The prose is lyrical and the descriptions of nature, of the New Hampshire woods so vibrant you can almost hear the night call of the birds, taste the fresh water of the lake, feel the cushion of fallen leaves beneath your feet . If you’re a nature fan, you might want to read this in conjunction with several other recent reads with superb depictions of nature: The Wild Birds by Emily Strelow, Winter Loon by Susan Bernhard, In a Town Called Paradox by Miriam Murcutt, or Wild Life by Keena Roberts.
I was so excited to get my hands on Julie Carrick Dalton's stunning debut. This is a wonderful novel with a powerful story, great characters, and genuine heart. Focused on two childhood friends and a dangerous secret they guard, the novels skillfully weaves together the narrative of their idyllic but shattered childhood and a present day struggle to save the New Hampshire forest they both love. The book has deep feeling for the natural world and asks vital questions about what needs to be done to save it. Julie Carrick Dalton is an impressive talent and beautiful prose stylist. I love this book and recommend it highly to everyone.
In Waiting for the Night Song, Julie Carrick Dalton has created a memorable character in Cadence Kessler, the feisty, indomitable heroine of this beautifully written story of forgiveness and love. I flew through the book, each chapter enticing the reader with what is to be revealed. Highly recommended!
Waiting for the Night Song is a deftly woven novel of friendships, youthful love, the plight of illegal immigrants, and small town life, up against the backdrop of murder and the threat of environmental collapse. It sounds like a lot but Dalton manages to stitch it all together into a rush of a book. I really enjoyed the characters, Cadie in particular. Every character has another side to their story and that made for a really rich telling. Absolutely loved it.
I loved this book. Julie Dalton brilliantly developed the characters and this story of undying, heartfelt friendship will leave you remembering childhood friends, and life long friends. There is trust, secrets, betrayals and love all through this book! Thank you for such an amazing read!