Evie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

A bit late with this review. I finished this book almost two weeks ago on a plane.

This book was nice and sweet. I listen to Linda Holmes on NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour. I remember reading her recaps back in the day when she was Miss Alli on Television Without Pity. I had heard this book got good reviews for a debut novel.

It is a good debut novel. Holmes is a proficient writer and as a first time novelist, it did not feel rough or hackneyed. The main character in the book and I aren’t extremely similar but we are of a similar age so I could relate a little.

I also liked that the abuse in this novel is subtle and not one that you can easily explain to the public or even to those that liked the abuser. I think a lot of people have met That Guy. It’s hard to put into words so Holmes did a good job describing what sort of man Evie had married.

All in all, a good novel. I was not knocked off my feet, but I liked the read. I also want to go to Maine a little after it.

Read January 19-23, 2020.

2 thoughts on “Evie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

  • Geoff W

    You should definitely go to Maine. Holmes really profiled it perfectly. I read it this past summer to and enjoyed it thoroughly. I was also glad that it wasn’t a dud after listening to her for so many years on PCHH.

    • athena (Post author)

      Hello Geoff! I would like to go Maine. I passed through New England on a short trip to Boston a few years ago and I like the region overall. As a Canadian, the currency exchange is not in my favour these ays. I knew Holmes was a good overall writer and am glad to know she’s a good fiction writer now too. Thanks for the comment!


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