Book Review #196: Beyond the Carousel

Author: Bette Lee Crosby

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers

Language: English

Series, if any: The Wyattsville Series, Book 5

Publisher: Bent Pine Publishing

Date of publication: 10 January 2017

No. Of pages: 241


A family tragedy that spans over 25 years, and a detective who believes that justice has a higher power than law and is determined to make things right. 


Life is like a carousel; what goes around, comes around.

I am deliberately keeping the synopsis brief; the book is truly a delight to read and discover and emphathise with and its unfair to write a lengthy description and spoil the plot. I don’t know how this whole started as a series, but as an individual book, this will definitely leave an impression. 

The plot is quite simple; it starts with a young couple who ends up with a chance inheritance and build a life at the Chester Street. The story of bringing future generation and the happiness and tragedy that follows has been beautifully linked to the simple beginning. The story definitely talks love, happiness and family intimacies, but it also dwells upon how everything in life comes to a circle – karmic justifications or the comfort of beginning a new life in the same house which your grandparents once built. I absolutely loved the simplicity of the plotline and how the characters are deeply entrenched within it, while making an individual presence in the minds of the reader. The narrative style is a combination of a memoir as well as tone of narration in second person. 

The cover image and the title is perfect, if you follow the quote that I have provided at the start. Basically there is a complimentary balance throughout the entire book which is quite soothing for the readers. One thing though, if you go by the description that has been provided for the book, you will imagine a plotline that is quite different from the one that has been provided. That discrepancy would be the only negative from my side.

My opinion: Simply beautiful and much recommended. 

My rating: 4 out of 5


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