Saint X

Saint X

eBook - 2020
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"Hailed as a "marvel of a book" and "brilliant and unflinching," Alexis Schaitkin's stunning debut, Saint X, is a haunting portrait of grief, obsession, and the bond between two sisters never truly given the chance to know one another. Claire is only seven years old when her college-age sister, Alison, disappears on the last night of their family vacation at a resort on the Caribbean island of Saint X. Several days later, Alison's body is found in a remote spot on a nearby cay, and two local men-employees at the resort-are arrested. But the evidence is slim, the timeline against it, and the men are soon released. The story turns into national tabloid news, a lurid mystery that will go unsolved. For Claire and her parents, there is only the return home to broken lives. Years later, Claire is living and working in New York City when a brief but fateful encounter brings her together with Clive Richardson, one of the men originally suspected of murdering her sister. It is a moment that sets Claire on an obsessive pursuit of the truth-not only to find out what happened the night of Alison's death but also to answer the elusive question: Who exactly was her sister? At seven, Claire had been barely old enough to know her: a beautiful, changeable, provocative girl of eighteen at a turbulent moment of identity formation. As Claire doggedly shadows Clive, hoping to gain his trust, waiting for the slip that will reveal the truth, an unlikely attachment develops between them, two people whose lives were forever marked by the same tragedy. For readers of Emma Cline's The Girls and Lauren Groff's Fates and Furies, Saint X is a flawlessly drawn and deeply moving story that culminates in an emotionally powerful ending."-- Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : Celadon Books, 2020
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250219589
1250219582
9781250219596
1250219590
Characteristics: 1 online resource (343 pages)

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JCLMeghanF Mar 05, 2020

Be prepared to be swept away by this book. Schaitkin's writing is mesmerizing, drawing you completely into the Caribbean island locale and then slowly building the tension as a teenager goes missing on vacation and her family's world falls apart. Years later, her younger sister becomes obsessed with the case, determined to find out what happened no matter the cost. With layers of social commentary, reflections on grief, and a gripping story, this book is going to haunt you long after you finish the last page.

JCLGreggW Jan 27, 2020

This enthralling debut by Schaitkin is a literary crime drama that focuses on Claire, who's older sister was found dead on a family vacation to a Caribbean island. Years later she sees one the the suspects driving an NYC cab and pursues him, trying to unravel long-buried secrets.

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lurkykitty
Jan 13, 2020

By lurkykitty
When Claire is only seven years old, her eighteen year-old sister Alison disappears and is found dead when their family takes a vacation on a Caribbean island. This book takes place mostly in NYC where Claire, now called Emily, is a young adult working at her first job. By happenstance, she runs into one of the men from the island who was accused of killing her sister, but was not convicted due to lack of evidence. She befriends this man to learn more about what happened to her sister, to the detriment of her own mental health. The initial impression of this book was that it would be a fast paced thriller with a stunning conclusion. However, it is more a commentary on unresolved grief, the assumptions that are made based on race and class, and how one event can shatter the lives of so many. It could still be categorized as a mystery. I found the multiple points of view valuable in understanding the characters and events. Even though, at times, Saint X did not move quickly, it was still a compelling and interesting read.

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