Author: Peter Heller
Genre: Literary Fiction
Published: March 7, 2017
Book Description: Celine is not your typical private eye. With prep school pedigree and a pair of opera glasses for stakeouts, her methods are unconventional but extremely successful. Working out of her jewel box of an apartment nestled under the Brooklyn Bridge, Celine has made a career out of tracking down missing persons nobody else can find. But when a young woman named Gabriela employs her expertise, what was meant to be Celine’s last case becomes a scavenger hunt through her own memories, the secrets there and the surprising redemptions.
Gabriela’s father was a National Geographic photographer who went missing in Wyoming twenty years ago and while he was assumed to have been mauled by a grizzly his body was never found. Celine and her partner set out to Yellowstone National Park to follow a trail gone cold but soon realize that somebody desperately wants to keep this case closed. Combining ingenious plotting with crystalline prose and sweeping natural panoramas, Peter Heller gives us his finest work to date
Rating: 5 Stars
Review: I will start by just saying WOW, I was out expecting what I just read. I remember this book coming out and I am so mad for skipping over it. I have to thank the Modern Mrs. Book Club for selecting this for the November pick or I might have never read this amazing book.
This story revolves around of course, Celine. Celine was raised in a very high class family, but she loves Taxidermy, shooting guns, and she is also a PI. She has a devoted husband Pete and her son Hank. This story immediately begins around a story of a family at a beach, something goes terribly wrong and the mother dies in the ocean that day. The surviving daughter many years later comes to Celine with a story that involves her dead father, and she wants Celine to solve this mystery once and for all.
What Peter Heller weaves together is a magnificent tale, not only about the truth of what happened to this very much loved father, but an intricate story of Celine’s childhood, and her son who finds out something about his mother, that he would like to solve also.
Ultimately, this story is one of family, regrets, and forgiveness. I was so impressed with this story. I read Heller’s newest book The River over the summer and I loved it, but this is on a whole new level. I want everyone to read this book. I will be passing my copy on and gifting this book many times over.