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Download Ó Saint X AUTHOR Alexis Schaitkin 104 ✓ ❰Reading❯ ➿ Saint X Author Alexis Schaitkin – Claire is only seven years old when her college age sister Alison disappears on the last night of their family vacation at a resort on the Caribbean island of Saint X Several days later Alison’Id mystery that will go unsolved For Claire and her parents there is only the return home to broken livesYears later Claire is living and working in New York City when a brief but fateful encounter brings her together with Clive Richardson one of the men originally suspected of murdering her sister It is a moment that sets Claire on an obsessive pursuit of the truth not only to find out what happened the night of Alison’s dea. Thought Provoking Saint X is a fascinating character study that explores familial relationships the boundaries of friendship racial divide and class privilege through the death of an 18 year old girl on an exclusive Caribbean island resort Saint X is the story of Alison Thomas; a beautiful witty and privileged 18 year old girl who is found dead on an island during her family’s vacation in the 1990s Claire her seven year old sister is now an only child Two native islanders are accused of Allison's murder Fast forward Claire is now 25 years old and haunted by her sister’s death A random encounter puts her in the presence of one of the men accused of her sister’s murder Claire becomes obsessed with this man She lives to find out about the truth about what happened to her sister one fateful night so long ago Obsession leads to self reflection and a startling truth about Claire’s own lifeThe narrative told primarily in the third person focuses on Alison Claire Clive Richardson The Island of Saint X and the people who call the island home Schaitkin takes a multi genre approach seamlessly blending these stories with interviews autopsy reports diaries etc Saint X made for an interesting reading experience I didn’t love the characters but I found Schaitkin’s writing style hypnotic I felt as if I were in a trance while reading this The pace is slow but compelling enough to keep one reading Themes of class race sexuality and privilege amongst others had me constantly thinking This is a book that I am going to remember Saint X is an impressive debut novel and I can’t wait to see what Shaitkin writes nextThank you to Jaime Novan at Celadon Books for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

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Th but also to answer the elusive uestion Who exactly was her sister At seven Claire had been barely old enough to know her a beautiful changeable provocative girl of eighteen at a turbulent moment of identity formationAs Claire doggedly shadows Clive hoping to gain his trust waiting for the slip that will reveal the truth an unlikely attachment develops between them two people whose lives were forever marked by the same traged. This book BOOK CLUB GOLDThere is so much to chew on and discuss here that book clubs across the globe will be talking about this book come February Claire is only 7 years old while vacationing with her family on the tropical island of Saint X Claire is a uiet child some may even say a bit odd but one thing is for certain Claire and her big sister Alison share a tight bond She admires Alison's beauty her wit her intelligence the way that she lights up a room the way people gravitate toward her These are all things she feels she lacks herself so on a pedestal of her own making Alison goes Alison on the other hand worries that the shy Claire is too vulnerable for this big bad world and likes to keep her under her wing On the last evening of their vacation Alison doesn't come home A search is initiated and after several weeks her body is discovered in the waters of Faraway Cay Two of the resort workers Edwin and Clive that Alison became chummy with are uestioned but are released due to lack of evidence No one has ever been charged and this will go down as a local mystery that makes national headlines In the present day Claire finds herself making a living in NYC One day when she flags down a cab she notices upon exiting that the cab drivers name is Clive Richardson He was one of the young men at the resort that was uestioned and released Claire becomes obsessed with insinuating herself into his life determined to find out what happened to Alison once and for all The Claire looks into the past she is beginning to discover that the Alison she remembers is not who Alison actually was Being as she was only 7 she saw the 18 year old Alison as a shining star but it turns out that may not be the case and this unsettles her I'll be honest and tell you that I didn't really like Alison or the adult Claire very much As we get to know Alison she comes across as self righteous and bratty She resents her lovely and loving parents so much that I found it off putting I just wanted to scream in my kindle YOU SPOILED LITTLE BRAT Rich vs Poor Black vs White These themes run the entirety of the novel The ending will have people talking I'm sure Personally I didn't mind it but others may not like it As I turned the final page I was surprised to discover that the person who stole my heart wasn't who I thought it was going to be when I opened this book up Alexis Schaitkin I bow to you You can spin a tale like no other The atmosphere she creates is truly incredible I felt as if I had been transported to the beaches of Saint X and the streets of NYC while I was reading and that is a sign of phenomenal writing skills This may also be the downfall of this book as well It starts to get overly descriptive to the point that I would skim paragraphs just so I could return to the storytelling but hey if that's my only gripe then I'm a happy reader Also I can't forget to mention that cover is eye candy 😍 4 stars One final note Celadon keep up the great work You have uickly become one of my favorite publishers 💗 Thank you to Edelweiss and Celadon for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review

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Saint X AUTHOR Alexis SchaitkClaire is only seven years old when her college age sister Alison disappears on the last night of their family vacation at a resort on the Caribbean island of Saint X Several days later Alison’s body is found in a remote spot on a nearby cay and two local men – employees at the resort are arrested But the evidence is slim the timeline against it and the men are soon released The story turns into national tabloid news a lur. That night Claire is awakened by the sound of a key rattling in the lock As she surfaces from dreams she watches the door to the hotel room open Her sister tiptoes across the room and slides into bed In the morning Claire wakes at dawn to find her sister's bed empty She is on the balcony her eyes fixed on something in the distance It seems her sister is hardly sleeping at allThe problem with reading a book and putting off writing the review for weeks is that the small details begin to fade but Saint X is the type of read that reuires deep thought and pondering before discussing I'm still not sure I can do a review of this book justice as it is so many aspects put into one cohesive timeline Part true crime style mystery part delayed coming of age Saint X provides a suspenseful investigation coupled with self discovery of the protagonistThis was an eye opening glance at how deep the ties between race and privilege run The author did a fantastic job of creating a uniue narrative while touching on themes as old as time and bringing attention to just how far America and us privileged folks in general needs to progress The pacing is very slow and detailed which works well for this type of story but is told in such a riveting voice This isn't a thriller per se but it does take on a few of the ualities that fans of psychological suspense find appealing If you're interested in other recent literary fiction novels featuring social justice discussions please consider giving your time to this worthy story as well Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy