The Never-Open Desert Diner by James Anderson was a puzzling, poignant love story. The characters were fully fleshed & had eclectic personalities. The mystery of the intertwining relationships was intriguing.
The cello without strings was also was also a mystery.
While the road sign descriptions were distracting, I still gave this book five stars. There was a graphically brutal scene that could cause someone to not like the book. However, it was an integral part of what made the characters who they were.
Regarding the desert dwellers: "Hell, no. They don't even talk to one another. They sure as hell don't agree on anything except a desire to be left alone. They're anti-everything."
"'You do realize a seventy nine year old man just kicked the $__t out of me?'
"Claire sighed. 'You're right. The best way to deal with that humiliation is to whine to a woman.'
'I'm glad you understand,' I said."
This is James Anderson's debut novel. I look forward to more of his books.
I would like to thank NetGalley & Caravel Books for the free kindle copy for fair review. This did not influence my opinion of the book.