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Reverb
By  j. cafesin
2013
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 4 stars
 
In the prologue, readers meet seven-year old James Whren and his teenage half-brother Ian at Miller’s fishpond as James struggles to save two kittens whimpering for help to survive.  The dynamics between the two becomes evident in the first few pages of introduction, preparing readers for the fast forward of twenty years where James is attending Ian’s funeral.  The prologue continues to introduce Edward, their father.
 
Switching from James point-of-view to Edward’s within the prologues excellently characterizes their relationship, as both background and forward movement of the novel.
 
“James holds his cheek, stares at him as if he’s Satan.  Tears in his eyes, and Edward sees the grief stricken boy, the day he’d arrived at Castlewood, directly after his mother and step-father died.  He’d been unable to talk to his son then.  It is unfortunate they’ve yet to move off that mark.”
 

Titled appropriately for both the musical and vibrational relationship elements of this story, Reverb moves along at a compelling pace to draw in readers to follow the extreme circumstances into which James’ life brings him.