The Divide by Nicholas Evans
This is an oldie but a goodie…one I found in the opshop recently. After reading the blurb on the back jacket I was all geared up for a bit of a murder mystery…because the story opens with some backcountry skiiers finding the body of a young woman embedded in the ice of a remote mountain creek…but no, the book is much more than that.
It’s more of a family drama, an epic thriller of the human heart, a story of one family struggling in search of lost happiness. It’s complex in many ways, but very simple in others.
The body found turns out to be that of Abbie Cooper, a young woman who is wanted for murder and acts of eco-terrorism and her picture is on law-enforcement computers all across America. The story goes back over the trail of events that led this golden child of an ordinary and loving family astray, and what lead to her tragic death.
The Divide flicks between New York and the Rocky Mountains, the imagery and the wonderful way with words of Nicholas Evans has you transported right there. The characters were bigger than the plot in some ways, but that made it all the more believable.
It’s beautifully written, and I knew from the very first page that I was going to love this book…
It’s one that will stay with me for a long time.