Book Review: The Nature of Fragile Things

Thank you to NetGalley, Susan Meissner and Berkley Publishing for this advance reader copy of The Nature of Fragile Things in exchange for an honest review.

This historical fiction centers around Sophie Whalen, a young, 20’s Irish immigrant who is living in New York in the early 1900s. Her life in New York and her living situation in the tenement housing has left her desperate to escape her circumstances. Sophie comes across an advertisement in the paper for a bride. A man in San Francisco is looking for a wife and a mother for his young, five-year-old daughter. Sophie responds to the ad and soon finds herself arriving in San Francisco, where she is picked up at the train station by handsome Martin Hocking, her soon to be husband. They waste no time getting married, and Sophie is promptly thrust into wife and mother’s role. Sophie settles into her new life that feels almost too good to be true. It’s not long before her husband’s odd behavior, and her new daughter’s silence reveals that there is more to this story than meets the eye. Her ideal life begins to crumble, literally and figuratively, when a strange pregnant woman arrives at her door on the same evening that an earthquake rocks the city. Everything begins to unravel, and she discovers that Martin is not who she believed him to be. The unraveling will lead Sophie throughout the southwest as she works to put the pieces of this mystery together. Sophie realizes she isn’t the only one trying to make sense of Martin Hocking’s life when the US Marshalls bring her in for questioning. All is not as it seems. As the story plays out, more characters are introduced, adding layers to Martin Hocking’s mystery.

I loved this book. I was immediately drawn into the story and read it in one day. Susan Meissner’s writing flows beautifully. She did an excellent job developing her characters and creating the historical setting of the early 1900s. I enjoyed how she interspersed the police interviews among the chapters. This built anticipation as I was eager to discover the extent of the deception occurring and just how many of the characters weren’t being honest, and what was at stake. This book is brimming with unexpected turns; I could not put it down. The Nature of Fragile Things will be released on February 2, 2021 and I highly recommend it!

Pages: 384
Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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