By j. cafesin
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.