Title: A Lighter Shade of Gray
Author: Devon Pearse
Genre/Audience: Mystery, adult
Source: For review, TLC Tours
Summary: Ten years ago, Devon gave up the love of her life, fearing she would one day fall victim to the mental illness that has slowly ravaged the mind of her mother, who is now being cared for in a private facility. Just when it seems Devon might have a chance to make up for her past mistakes, her best friend Cass becomes a suspect in a murder. When her mother’s young, emotionally disturbed roommate insinuates she knows something about the night of the murder, as well as private details of Devon’s own life, she becomes desperate to uncover the truth. Can Devon find a way to let go of the past and start again?
My Thoughts: I started out liking this book and ended up loving it. The author’s notes indicate that the main character, Devon Pearse, is semi-autobiographical (hence the same name.) For her first novel, she decided to follow the advice of Ernest Hemingway and “write what you know.” I read the author’s notes first, so while reading the book, I was constantly wondering which parts were biographical and which were fiction, hoping that the sad parts were fiction. Devon has pretty much put her life on hold for fear that she will also end up mentally ill like her mother (don’t we all have that fear? Just kidding, Mom!) Despite living her life with that fear, Devon is a funny and sarcastic and a loyal friend. I really liked where this story went and look forward to reading more from Devon.
My Rating: 4.5/5
Giveaway: If you’re interested in reading this, there is one copy available to a lucky winner! Just leave your e-mail address below if you’d like to be entered. US/Canada only, please! Winner will be selected via random.org on June 26th!