Out next month! Thank you to Picador books for my advance copy.
Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin
BUG Rating: 3/5
Overall: Ever since first hearing about Saint X, I was just dying to get my hands on it! Although I loved the premise of this book (see plot below) the writing style just wasn’t for me, and the pace was a bit slow for my liking.
The story was quite complex with lots of layers, but I didn’t really love how it was structured, and felt there were a fair few irrelevant passages that could have been removed to speed up the pace. This one just wasn’t for me but many others have loved it!
Claire is only seven years old when her college-age sister, Alison, disappears on the last night of their family vacation at a resort on the Caribbean island of Saint X. Several days later, Alison’s body is found in a remote spot on a nearby cay, and two local men – employees at the resort – are arrested. But the evidence is slim, the timeline against it, and the men are soon released. The story turns into national tabloid news, a lurid mystery that will go unsolved. For Claire and her parents, there is only the return home to broken lives.
Years later, Claire is living and working in New York City when a brief but fateful encounter brings her together with Clive Richardson, one of the men originally suspected of murdering her sister. It is a moment that sets Claire on an obsessive pursuit of the truth – not only to find out what happened the night of Alison’s death but also to answer the elusive question: Who exactly was her sister? At seven, Claire had been barely old enough to know her: a beautiful, changeable, provocative girl of eighteen at a turbulent moment of identity formation.
As Claire doggedly shadows Clive, hoping to gain his trust, waiting for the slip that will reveal the truth, an unlikely attachment develops between them, two people whose lives were forever marked by the same tragedy.