eARC Book Review//Waiting for the Night Song

Waiting for the Night Song by Julie Carrick Dalton

Goodreads Synopsis:

Cadie Kessler has spent decades trying to cover up one truth. One moment. But deep down, didn’t she always know her secret would surface?

An urgent message from her long-estranged best friend Daniela Garcia brings Cadie, now a forestry researcher, back to her childhood home. There, Cadie and Daniela are forced to face a dark secret that ended both their idyllic childhood bond and the magical summer that takes up more space in Cadie’s memory then all her other years combined.

Now grown up, bound by long-held oaths, and faced with truths she does not wish to see, Cadie must decide what she is willing to sacrifice to protect the people and the forest she loves, as drought, foreclosures, and wildfire spark tensions between displaced migrant farm workers and locals.

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My Thoughts

I received this eARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I really liked this book, it was something out of the norm of what I usually read. I love how the storyline was framed around these beetles and forest fires, and climate change. Waiting for the Night Song touched upon so many different topics, that I’ve only highlighted a few here. It had illegal immigrants, small town stereotypes, climate change, and memories related to childhood. It had so many different elements that were layered on top of each other which made for an intriguing and engaging read. Every once in a while it’s nice to read a book that just takes your breath away but its writing, intrigue and plot lines. I haven’t felt this way about a book since I read How a Woman Becomes a Lake by Marjorie Celona last year.

Waiting for the Night Song is a literary novel that has an element of a thrilling crime, which is framed with immigrants and anti-immigrant sentiments and environmentalists and those who care about the environment. It really packed a punch. I really liked the mystery element to this, and the crime that was committed when Cadie and Daniela were kids and witnessed it, or what they thought they witnessed. 

Dalton really captured nature and the wilderness in this novel. There were moments where I could vividly picture the woods, the lake, I could even smell everything mentioned, and hear the birds calling in the forest. I find that’s a sign or excellent writing, Dalton was really able to transport me. 

It brought me back to my own childhood in my cottage and exploring the area with my sister and grandma. Cadie reminded me of my sister when we were kids –  the friendship that Cadie and Daniela had as kids had me reminiscing about my childhood. I was picturing the cottage I had when I was growing up – it was right on a river, we had a boat and would explore along the river and then take the boat to a lake in the town closeby. My sister, grandma, and I would walk to the falls that were nearby and eat some berries off the bushes. The childhood moments that Cadie remincisines about and the flash-backs were very similar to mine, which is why I think I responded so positively to this novel, I was caught up in my feelings. 

This book won’t be for everyone, but for those that stick with it, it will be rewarded by suspense and framing of issues around this crime that was committed. Waiting for the Night Song was intricately woven and connected in the end –  it also had a theme of remembering events as a kid and what actually happened (very similar to Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane) which I found fascinating about this novel, we all remember our childhood differently than those who experience it alongside us, and this book was no exception.

 Even when I separated my feelings from this book, I really enjoyed it! I took it slow because the writing was so lyrical but I wanted to keep reading because it was so beautiful… If that makes sense?

Let me know your thoughts below!

Cups of Tea: ☕☕☕☕

Publisher: Forge Books

Published: January 12, 2021

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