Idaho by Emily Ruskovich


From Goodreads:  “One hot August day a family drives to a mountain clearing to collect birch wood. Jenny, the mother, is in charge of lopping any small limbs off the logs with a hatchet. Wade, the father, does the stacking. The two daughters, June and May, aged nine and six, drink lemonade, swat away horseflies, bicker, and sing snatches of songs as they while away the time.  But then something unimaginably shocking happens, an act so extreme it will scatter the family in every different direction.”

This was one of those novels that impresses from all angles.  From the first pages, it grabs a hold of you and won’t let go.  The story is gripping, shocking and like an accident scene, you can’t bring yourself to turn away.  At the same time, Ruskovich presents such hauntingly beautiful prose, depth of characters and a setting that elevates your reading experience from a pop thriller to a work of classic fiction.  Be prepared for messy endings, though.  Like life, Ruskovich decided her novel won’t provide all the answers you’re looking for.

5 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2017
320 pages

Amazon Book Preview of Idaho

About Suzanne

I'm a stay-at-home mom with three kids who loves to read.
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