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Take Me Apart by Sara Sligar definitely threw me for a loop For some reason I expected this novel to be one of those cliche thriller tropes that are chalk full of twists and turns just to end up with an ending so out there there s no way anyone would be able to guess it.This was not one of those novels.In Callinas, California, a well known artist named Miranda Brand suddenly died and the shock waves were felt high and low Years later, Miranda s son, Theo, hires an archivist also an ex journalist named Kate to go through his mother and father s things to create an archive of their work to put up for an auction.As Kate delves deeper into Miranda s personal belongings she begins to piece together tiny fragments of her life and in turn, learning about her enigmatic yet frighteningly handsome and sometimes terrifying boss Through Kate s discoveries we see that Miranda was under so much pressure due to her job, motherhood, and being a wife that she was slowly buckling underneath it all.Kate doesn t have it all together herself, so we slowly see her decline as well over her summer stay at her aunt and uncle s She soon spirals into an obsession over trying to figure out who killed Miranda and it takes over her very being There are quite a few parallels to Kate s life and the deceased Miranda so we can understand Kate s need to figure things out.What I Liked Learning about Miranda and her life through her personal belongings like receipts and diary entries was interesting You can see her slow decline and feel her pain and confusion through them.It deals with than a few tough subject matters like spousal rape abuse, post partum depression, bosses taking advantage of their positions, and gas lighting These issues are handled with care yet still provides an honest and raw depiction of the matters at hand.It had The Seven Lives Husbands of Evelyn Hugo vibes With that being one of my favorite books within the past few years, I had to check to make sure the author of this book wasn t the same author as that one It isn t Lol The ending While there wasn t a massive amount of twists and turns to end up at a mind blowing revelation, I quite enjoyed how everything was wrapped up in the end.I did not feel like I was reading a debut book from a debut author I feel like I just read a novel by an extremely well seasoned author who s been around for awhile and I believe that speaks volumes to Sligar s writing abilities It s a slow burn novel Things aren t in your face so it s definitely psychological than anything else.What I Disliked I only have one complaint and it has zero to do with Sligar or her writing, it s of a personal quarrel with things in general Why do most characters seem to make their minds up then when one thing happens they end up questioning literally EVERYTHING about the thing person they made their mind up about If you re so sure of something, why does one tiny thing someone else says sway your opinion so easily Maybe Kate was purposely written that way to show how having a mental illness can warp your sense of judgement or something but it s so aggravating because I know people in real life do this as well Que eye roll Lol.So yeah, there you have it I definitely enjoyed this one and I m going to start following Sligar as I can tell she has promise and talent She ll be going far for sure Men aren t afraid of misinterpretation It s not dangerous to them Women, we know bad things can happen when someone misreads youSo glad I got an early copy of this book, because now I have a couple months of lead time to scream about how great it is I ve been eagerly awaiting Sara Sligar s debut, because it includes all my favorite things difficult women, brooding men, and of course, archival records TAKE ME APART is my favorite kind of thriller subtle and psychological rather than action packed though trust me, it ll make your heart pound all the same At times it even feels like a modern Gothic romance, with Theo as the brooding Mr Rochester type who s hiding secrets thankfully not including a mentally ill wife in his attic The book is also packed full of stunning prose, and I particularly loved the masterful way Sligar rendered Kate s slow unraveling as her obsession with Miranda s life and untimely death takes hold.Don t miss this one when it comes out in April 2020 A Young Archivist S Obsession With Her Subject S Mysterious Death Threatens To Destroy Her Fragile Grasp On Sanity, In A Riveting Debut Novel Of Psychological SuspenseWhen The Famed Photographer Miranda Brand Died Mysteriously At The Height Of Her Career, It Sent Shock Waves Through Callinas, California Decades Later, Old Wounds Are Reopened When Her Son, Theo, Hires Ex Journalist Kate Aitken To Create An Archive Of His Mother S WorkFrom Miranda S Vast Maze Of Personal Effects, Kate Pieces Together A Portrait Of A Vibrant Artist Buckling Under The Pressures Of Ambition, Motherhood, And Marriage As The Summer Progresses, Kate Navigates Vicious Local Rumors And Her Growing Attraction To The Enigmatic Theo, All While Unearthing The Shocking Details Of Miranda S Private Life But Kate Has Secrets Of Her Own, And When She Stumbles Across A Diary That May Finally Resolve The Mystery Of Miranda S Death, Her Curiosity Starts To Spiral Into A Dangerous ObsessionWith Breathtaking And Haunting Imagery, Take Me Apart Paints A Vivid Picture Of Two Magnetic Young Women, Separated By Years, But Bonded By Shared Struggles Sara Sligar Draws Readers Into A Web Of Secrets And Lies, Alternating Between The Present And The Past And Revealing The Truth About Miranda S Death Through The Objects She Left Behind Superspeed readers like me can read 150 200 pages hour, so yes, I have read the book and many today LOL I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do A young archivist s obsession with her subject s mysterious death threatens to destroy her fragile grasp on sanity, in a riveting debut novel of psychological suspenseWhen the famed photographer Miranda Brand died mysteriously at the height of her career, it sent shock waves through Callinas, California Decades later, old wounds are reopened when her son, Theo, hires the ex journalist Kate Aitken to create an archive of his mother s work.From Miranda s vast maze of personal effects, Kate pieces together a portrait of a vibrant artist buckling under the pressures of ambition, motherhood, and marriage As the summer progresses, Kate navigates vicious local rumours and her growing attraction to the enigmatic Theo, all while unearthing the shocking details of Miranda s private life But Kate has secrets of her own, and when she stumbles across a diary that may finally resolve the mystery of Miranda s death, her curiosity starts to spiral into a dangerous obsession.With breathtaking and haunting imagery, Take Me Apart paints a vivid picture of two magnetic young women, separated by years, but bonded by shared struggles Sara Sligar draws readers into a web of secrets and lies, alternating between the present and the past and revealing the truth about Miranda s death through the objects she left behind A brilliant take on art, illness, and power, from a fresh, seductive new voice in suspense.HOW ON EARTH CAN THIS BE A DEBUT NOVEL This novel was expertly crafted with a tense, tight mystery at its heart a heart like an onion as there are so many layers to peel off The characters are fascinating and surprise after surprise awaits the reader as they work their way through the book and the characters journies The end was satisfying and I look forward to Miss Sligar s next novels, of which I assume that there will be many I hope that there are many, that is for sure Looking for a new author to love She is your gal What really happened to a well known photographer that was at times known to be considered crazy Was she, or was the town just making up stories Was it her dealer that caused her death so he could make money off her work, or was the husband involved The son was there but only elevenAn art world thriller debut that pulled me in and kept me up reading till the wee hours. Thank you to Macmillan for the ARC copy of this novel.I did download a copy due to a travel issue, so thank you to NetGalley and Edelweiss as well TakeMeApartIf you like B.A Paris and Liv Constantine mystery reads then Take Me Apart will peak your interest It is an adult mystery that has an unreliable narrator, who isn t really sure what she is getting into when so goes to take care of a famed photographer s possessions It is a mystery that unfolds slowly with a heavy tension I loved this one immensely that author felt like she d been doing this forever and it s a debut I look forward to of her work. I would describe Take Me Apart as a slow burn mystery that delves into the world of these two women It tackles topics such as mental illness, the powerlessness women feel from men, the expectations of women by society, and domestic abuse As a woman who has a mental illness, I felt I was able to strongly connect to these two women and the struggles they face in a society that has an expected image of how a woman should act A lot of what Sligar touches upon is what many women have experienced today The mystery itself wasn t as interesting to me as these other aspects of the story mentioned It s also fairly predictable too In terms of the characters, I loved Theo, but I did recognize that some of his actions were problematic, but so were Kate s I related to both Kate and Miranda, and I was constantly rooting for the both of them I was pleased with the ending, but I definitely could have done with some Kate and Theo scenes They had some really touching moments where they were able to unburden and express everything they ve been keeping suppressed Overall, if you re looking for a twisty psychological thriller this isn t the book for you But if you re looking for a mystery that deals with strong women with mental illnesses navigating a society that doesn t understand or include them, and a portrait of the power relations between men and women, then, this is the book for you. My only complaint about this book is that it s the author s first and, therefore, currently only I was hoping to dive into another immediately. 3.5 stars You can read TAKE ME APART as a mystery I don t think it s the ideal reading, but you certainly can Kate has left her life as a journalist in New York after she was the victim of workplace sexual harassment She is unsteady and at sea, trying to keep her bipolar disorder in check as she rebuilds her life She has moved in with her Aunt and Uncle in California where she has taken on a temporary job as an archivist for Theo, the son of Miranda Brand, a famous feminist photographer and artist who died when he was a child The mystery builds as Kate learns and about Miranda as she sorts through her papers, and even finds her diary Miranda also struggles with mental illness and Kate becomes invested in her to an extent that clearly isn t healthy But she focuses her efforts on trying to find out the truth about Miranda s death It is officially suicide, but she suspects Miranda was murdered and she is desperate to find the truth.I say it s not the ideal reading to see this as a mystery because a mystery doesn t make the answer quite clear the entire time And if you are able to read the book without losing yourself in Kate s point of view, everything is right there You can explain Theo s stiff and cagey behavior, the suspicions of everyone in the small town, and what became of Miranda Kate cannot see it, though Because Kate is not attending to her mental health the way she should The marketing copy here is not my favorite, because this is not Kate s fragile hold of sanity Kate is sane, she is just stuck and prone to get overly focused on the details rather than the big picture She does not always make healthy decisions She still hasn t found enough stability to focus on growth I suspect readers who have had their own struggles with mental illness will recognize this in Kate Sligar s writing of her is not as insensitive as the jacket copy, and this doesn t come off as a cruel depiction of a bipolar character Kate can describe her own patterns and issues, she just doesn t always recognize them in the moment.Sometimes in a crime novel I get to a point where I get very frustrated with the protagonist because they are making what are clearly bad decisions Kate makes lots of them But at least with Kate I understand why she makes them It isn t just for the sake of the plot It is Kate grasping as hard as she can on to what she has decided is important The book includes lots of Miranda Brand s letters and her diary These are sometimes clunky than Kate s own mental health struggles, but I often find that this is just what happens when you use diary entries and such to build out the plot, so I forgive it somewhat.There is a lot about mental health in here There are frequent references to suicide, self harm, postpartum psychosis, and a psychiatric hospitalization This reminded me a lot of WOMAN NO 17 by Edan Lepucki, so if you liked that you will probably like this, too They are both about mysterious female artists, they are both set in California, they both have a young woman reeling from her own failures who becomes overly obsessed with the artist With all that said, they are also quite different and TAKE ME APART is interesting in its own right. Take Me Apart Written by Sara SligarReviewed by Diana Iozzia Take Me Apart is an artistic and surprising thriller, which sets itself apart from others in the same genre This exciting debut by Sara Sligar opens many new possibilities for the psychological thriller genre Twisting upon the ever present fear of distrust for those who care for you, Sligar s characters are tantalizing This story feels familiar, but in a nostalgic retelling method The plot revolves around a main character, Kate, who begins archiving letters, photographs, and paperwork for the son of a late famous photographer, Miranda Brand Kate starts to wonder and draw suspicions about the photographer and her life Sligar makes it abundantly clear that there is ambiguity around Miranda s death, a possible suicide, or was it worse Could someone have murdered her Take Me Apart is an interesting, guilty pleasure Its characters are enigmatic In learning about the glorified Miranda Brand through her belongings, we discover important details about her life with her husband, Jake, and the son who grows up to Kate s boss and romantic interest, Theo I enjoyed the different forms of personal effects Miranda s birth certificate, letters, progress reports, disciplinary board transcripts, news clippings, interviews, diaries, and lecture notes The reader quickly discovers about Miranda s fractured mental state In the realistic and quiet example of Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, the story delves into a true and honest portrayal of spousal abuse I was also heavily reminded of the fictional fame, reminiscent of Sunset Boulevard and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.There were some aspects of this story that I wasn t completely enad of I think that most of the figurative language was effective, but due to the author s predilection for creative writing, some of the artistic elements were too exaggerated For example, Her mouth tasted like dishwater Either fortunately or unfortunately, the ending of this novel was ambiguous This startling and refreshing novel was brilliant, but I felt a bit disappointed in the ending However, the other ninety percent of this debut was perfect, in eyes Additionally, I feel so strongly that this debut will take Sligar into instant stardom, once this book is fully published I enjoyed the narrative style deeply I already am expecting greatness from this author I cannot wait to read her next book Sara Sligar deserves every eye on her.I highly recommend to those who enjoy thrillers by Sarah Pekkanen and Greer Hendricks, the Liv Constantine ladies, and Ruth Ware.I received an advance review copy from Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in exchange for reading and reviewing purposes Thank you again to the publisher Take Me Apart premieres next year, on April 28th.