BOOKS ✸ Take Me Apart Author Sara Sligar – Tkcleaningservices.co.uk

Take Me Apart A Young Archivist S Obsession With Her Subject S Mysterious Death Threatens To Destroy Her Fragile Grasp On Sanity, In A Riveting Debut Novel Of Psychological SuspenseWhen The Famed Photographer Miranda Brand Died Mysteriously At The Height Of Her Career, It Sent Shock Waves Through Callinas, California Decades Later, Old Wounds Are Reopened When Her Son, Theo, Hires Ex Journalist Kate Aitken To Create An Archive Of His Mother S WorkFrom Miranda S Vast Maze Of Personal Effects, Kate Pieces Together A Portrait Of A Vibrant Artist Buckling Under The Pressures Of Ambition, Motherhood, And Marriage As The Summer Progresses, Kate Navigates Vicious Local Rumors And Her Growing Attraction To The Enigmatic Theo, All While Unearthing The Shocking Details Of Miranda S Private Life But Kate Has Secrets Of Her Own, And When She Stumbles Across A Diary That May Finally Resolve The Mystery Of Miranda S Death, Her Curiosity Starts To Spiral Into A Dangerous ObsessionWith Breathtaking And Haunting Imagery, Take Me Apart Paints A Vivid Picture Of Two Magnetic Young Women, Separated By Years, But Bonded By Shared Struggles Sara Sligar Draws Readers Into A Web Of Secrets And Lies, Alternating Between The Present And The Past And Revealing The Truth About Miranda S Death Through The Objects She Left Behind Take Me Apart by Sara Sligar definitely threw me for a loop For some reason I expected this novel to be one of those cliche thriller tropes that are chalk full of twists and turns just to end up with an ending so out there there s no way anyone would be able to guess it.This was not one of those novels.In Callinas, California, a well known artist named Miranda Brand suddenly died and the shock waves were felt high and low Years later, Miranda s son, Theo, hires an archivist also an ex journalist named Kate to go through his mother and father s things to create an archive of their work to put up for an auction.As Kate delves deeper into Miranda s personal belongings she begins to piece together tiny fragments of her life and in turn, learning about her enigmatic yet frighteningly handsome and sometimes terrifying boss Through Kate s discoveries we see that Miranda was under so much pressure due to her job, motherhood, and being a wife that she was slowly buckling underneath it all.Kate doesn t have it all together herself, so we slowly see her decline as well over her summer stay at her aunt and uncle s She soon spirals into an obsession over trying to figure out who killed Miranda and it takes over her very being There are quite a few parallels to Kate s life and the deceased Miranda so we can understand Kate s need to figure things out.What I Liked Learning about Miranda and her life through her personal belongings like receipts and diary entries was interesting You can see her slow decline and feel her pain and confusion through them.It deals with than a few tough subject matters like spousal rape abuse, post partum depression, bosses taking advantage of their positions, and gas lighting These issues are handled with care yet still provides an honest and raw depiction of the matters at hand.It had The Seven Lives Husbands of Evelyn Hugo vibes With that being one of my favorite books within the past few years, I had to check to make sure the author of this book wasn t the same author as that one It isn t Lol The ending While there wasn t a massive amount of twists and turns to end up at a mind blowing revelation, I quite enjoyed how everything was wrapped up in the end.I did not feel like I was reading a debut book from a debut author I feel like I just read a novel by an extremely well seasoned author who s been around for awhile and I believe that speaks volumes to Sligar s writing abilities It s a slow burn novel Things aren t in your face so it s definitely psychological than anything else.What I Disliked I only have one complaint and it has zero to do with Sligar or her writing, it s of a personal quarrel with things in general Why do most characters seem to make their minds up then when one thing happens they end up questioning literally EVERYTHING about the thing person they made their mind up about If you re so sure of something, why does one tiny thing someone else says sway your opinion so easily Maybe Kate was purposely written that way to show how having a mental illness can warp your sense of judgement or something but it s so aggravating because I know people in real life do this as well Que eye roll Lol.So yeah, there you have it I definitely enjoyed this one and I m going to start following Sligar as I can tell she has promise and talent She ll be going far for sure This is a nuanced addition to the psychological thriller subgenre Don t go into it expecting a typical twisty thriller This is much of an examination of mental health of the archivist as well as the famous, deceased artist whose life she is trying to piece together from the remnants of her life Deceit, betrayal, the subjugation of women, and motherhood among many other issues come into play. 3.5 stars You can read TAKE ME APART as a mystery I don t think it s the ideal reading, but you certainly can Kate has left her life as a journalist in New York after she was the victim of workplace sexual harassment She is unsteady and at sea, trying to keep her bipolar disorder in check as she rebuilds her life She has moved in with her Aunt and Uncle in California where she has taken on a temporary job as an archivist for Theo, the son of Miranda Brand, a famous feminist photographer and artist who died when he was a child The mystery builds as Kate learns and about Miranda as she sorts through her papers, and even finds her diary Miranda also struggles with mental illness and Kate becomes invested in her to an extent that clearly isn t healthy But she focuses her efforts on trying to find out the truth about Miranda s death It is officially suicide, but she suspects Miranda was murdered and she is desperate to find the truth.I say it s not the ideal reading to see this as a mystery because a mystery doesn t make the answer quite clear the entire time And if you are able to read the book without losing yourself in Kate s point of view, everything is right there You can explain Theo s stiff and cagey behavior, the suspicions of everyone in the small town, and what became of Miranda Kate cannot see it, though Because Kate is not attending to her mental health the way she should The marketing copy here is not my favorite, because this is not Kate s fragile hold of sanity Kate is sane, she is just stuck and prone to get overly focused on the details rather than the big picture She does not always make healthy decisions She still hasn t found enough stability to focus on growth I suspect readers who have had their own struggles with mental illness will recognize this in Kate Sligar s writing of her is not as insensitive as the jacket copy, and this doesn t come off as a cruel depiction of a bipolar character Kate can describe her own patterns and issues, she just doesn t always recognize them in the moment.Sometimes in a crime novel I get to a point where I get very frustrated with the protagonist because they are making what are clearly bad decisions Kate makes lots of them But at least with Kate I understand why she makes them It isn t just for the sake of the plot It is Kate grasping as hard as she can on to what she has decided is important The book includes lots of Miranda Brand s letters and her diary These are sometimes clunky than Kate s own mental health struggles, but I often find that this is just what happens when you use diary entries and such to build out the plot, so I forgive it somewhat.There is a lot about mental health in here There are frequent references to suicide, self harm, postpartum psychosis, and a psychiatric hospitalization This reminded me a lot of WOMAN NO 17 by Edan Lepucki, so if you liked that you will probably like this, too They are both about mysterious female artists, they are both set in California, they both have a young woman reeling from her own failures who becomes overly obsessed with the artist With all that said, they are also quite different and TAKE ME APART is interesting in its own right. Take Me Apart Written by Sara SligarReviewed by Diana Iozzia Take Me Apart is an artistic and surprising thriller, which sets itself apart from others in the same genre This exciting debut by Sara Sligar opens many new possibilities for the psychological thriller genre Twisting upon the ever present fear of distrust for those who care for you, Sligar s characters are tantalizing This story feels familiar, but in a nostalgic retelling method The plot revolves around a main character, Kate, who begins archiving letters, photographs, and paperwork for the son of a late famous photographer, Miranda Brand Kate starts to wonder and draw suspicions about the photographer and her life Sligar makes it abundantly clear that there is ambiguity around Miranda s death, a possible suicide, or was it worse Could someone have murdered her Take Me Apart is an interesting, guilty pleasure Its characters are enigmatic In learning about the glorified Miranda Brand through her belongings, we discover important details about her life with her husband, Jake, and the son who grows up to Kate s boss and romantic interest, Theo I enjoyed the different forms of personal effects Miranda s birth certificate, letters, progress reports, disciplinary board transcripts, news clippings, interviews, diaries, and lecture notes The reader quickly discovers about Miranda s fractured mental state In the realistic and quiet example of Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, the story delves into a true and honest portrayal of spousal abuse I was also heavily reminded of the fictional fame, reminiscent of Sunset Boulevard and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.There were some aspects of this story that I wasn t completely enad of I think that most of the figurative language was effective, but due to the author s predilection for creative writing, some of the artistic elements were too exaggerated For example, Her mouth tasted like dishwater Either fortunately or unfortunately, the ending of this novel was ambiguous This startling and refreshing novel was brilliant, but I felt a bit disappointed in the ending However, the other ninety percent of this debut was perfect, in eyes Additionally, I feel so strongly that this debut will take Sligar into instant stardom, once this book is fully published I enjoyed the narrative style deeply I already am expecting greatness from this author I cannot wait to read her next book Sara Sligar deserves every eye on her.I highly recommend to those who enjoy thrillers by Sarah Pekkanen and Greer Hendricks, the Liv Constantine ladies, and Ruth Ware.I received an advance review copy from Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in exchange for reading and reviewing purposes Thank you again to the publisher Take Me Apart premieres next year, on April 28th.

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