Review: A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb
First Line: “Someone was looking at me, a disturbing sensation if you’re dead.”
Helen is floating through the world – quite literally. She has been dead for many years and has lived with a few different hosts. She has grown used to her routine and the days usually pass uneventfully. While in a classroom, Helen finds a boy staring at her. A shock goes through her as she realizes he wants to talk to her. It is then that Helen discovers she is not the only one of her kind and she can finally break her silence and speak with James. The two like each other immediately and Helen becomes attracted to James even though he is in a boy’s previously vacant body. Everything begins to change for Helen as she fights to stay with her true love James.
The cover of this novel is dark and gave me the impression the story would be dark as well. I soon discovered I would not be disappointed by this first time writer, Laura Whitcomb, who delivered an excellent story.
Helen is a great main character. She is quiet and sincere, yet is able to speak her mind when she needs to. I could relate very well to this personality. James is also a well written character. It is easy to see why Helen is attracted to him.
I was very impressed after finishing the book and learning this was Whitcomb’s first novel. I believe she did an excellent job and created the perfect setting. Throughout the story I got a sense of foreboding. I just felt that something was going to go wrong for our heroine. I realized that in the writing style there is a constant tinge of sorrow. One can only imagine how sad it would be to be stuck in limbo, unable to move on. Whitcomb gave an accurate undertone to the novel with these feelings of sadness and of being trapped. I very much enjoyed this book and will pick up her next novel, The Fetch.
For: Young Adult readers who enjoy reading serious toned books.