Losing the Light by Andrea Dunlop begins with Brooke Thompson, a 30 year old woman, attending an art show, and seeing someone from her past. This causes her to get lost in the memories of her college life, one that seems like another lifetime ago.
When Brooke and her new found best friend, Sophie, travel to France for a year abroad, they become enamored by the allure of the French world. Brooke and Sophie have a complicated relationship with Brooke envying Sophie’s gorgeous looks and seemingly endless money. Even with this rift between them, they become inseparable, spending most of their time together.
However, when they meet Veronique and her gorgeous cousin, Alex, they get dragged into a world of money, art, parties, and self-indulgence. When both Brooke and Sophie become physically and emotionally involved with Alex, their friendship shatters to pieces, causing one of them to make a decision that can never be undone.
I have a love/hate relationship with this book. I was intrigued by Brooke and Sophie’s seemingly unhealthy relationship, as well as the love triangle between the two of them and Alex. However, there were parts of the book that I found myself skimming through because they didn’t seem vital to the plot line. It felt like these plot lines were there as nothing more than fillers.
I think that Dunlop did a fantastic job creating dynamic characters and an immersive setting. Since I speak French, I enjoyed that there was so much of the language in the book. On the other hand, I could see where it would be unappealing to someone who doesn’t know the language.
There were parts of the book that felt dragged out, and then there were parts of the book that felt rushed. While I did really enjoy the overall premise of the story, I didn’t particularly care for the ending. I love that Brooke felt as if she made the right choice and that she was happy with her life when all was said and one, but I didn’t like the abrupt ending. I felt that the information at the end needed to be further explained, or taken out altogether.
All in all, I don’t regret reading the book, but it just wasn’t a favorite.
Bethany Kelly is currently getting her MFA at Goddard College and has a BA in English. She is a writer, editor, and stay-at-home mother and wife who spends her spare time (when she has some) reading and cooking. Check out her website at www.bckwritingcorner.com.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Washington Square Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.