Thursday, July 09, 2015

Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name by Vendela Vida


When Clarissa's father passes away, she doesn't have many people left in the world. Her mother left her when she was young, her brother is disabled and lives in a home, but her fiance is trying to help her get through this. Going through her dad's stuff, Clarissa finds out that she isn't her dad's biological kid and that her fiance knew about this since she was a child. Clarissa leaves without telling anyone and heads to Lapland (Finland) to find some answers.

Her mom is from this area and it's possible that a Sami priest (native people to the land) may be her father. She searches around in this unusual terrain for answers.

The writing style is straight forward and a little clipped at times. This may be part of the reason why I couldn't warm up to Clarissa. I didn't understand her relationship with her fiance so when she got so upset at him for withholding information and left without telling him, it didn't make much sense to me.

I expected the ending but was a bit disappointed by it. There was one major piece that was overlooked. What about Clarissa's brother? It would have been better for her to be an only child because otherwise this book doesn't wrap up as nicely.

First Line: "It was three in the afternoon when my plane landed at the Helsinki airport, but outside my window, dusk was already settling in like a bruise."


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