Saturday, August 6, 2011
All These Things I've Done is a spectacular, incisive novel with an unforgettable narrator. Anya Balanchine is a very passionate, strong, and driven person. She's taken care of her siblings and her grandmother for years, and she's willing to do nearly anything for them. One of the sources of conflict here is Anya's adamant denial of her place in the family's business, even as she is slowly dragged into its dealings in order to protect the interests of her siblings. Another is her relationship with Win Delacroix, whose personality and quirks are pretty irresistible, but whose background complicates things considerably. Anya finds it hard to deny her attraction to him, but holds back on getting involved with him out of loyalty to her best friend, the vibrant Scarlett, and Win's father's position as assistant D.A. All of this drama plays out in a crumbling city riddled with underground nightclubs and coffee speakeasies in what were once museums and other points of interest, where danger is everywhere. All These Things I've Done can be pretty intense at times as Anya is taken through the corrupt court system and has a few close calls in her elaborate schemes, but those elements give this story an alluring and suspenseful edge. All in all, this is a wonderful novel, written in precise, affecting prose with a narrator that is sophisticated, yet relatable. All These Things I’ve Done is one of the best books of 2011.
Cover Comments: I love the chocolate covered heart, the layout of this cover, and the way the title is formatted in a list. So. Perfect.
This one will be available on September 27th, 2011.
ARC provided by publisher.