By Amanda Dickson

Maddie Johnson enjoyed Shakespeare. not like all people else she knew turning out to be up, she looked as if it would comprehend him, get pleasure from him, extra with each examining. It used to be partially due to this love that she drove from her domestic in rural Pennsylvania to varsity at Southern Utah collage, domestic each summer time to the Utah Shakespearean pageant. It used to be in part that, and in part the will to get as far-off as possible.

Maddie idea being in Utah could aid her fail to remember, that the stark fantastic thing about the surroundings and the facility of the metaphor will be sufficient to transparent her.

They weren’t.

In her freshman 12 months, she met and, after commencement, married a miles older guy, Robert capable, the 1st individual Maddie had ever identified who understood her love of Shakespeare.

At 21, Maddie felt too younger to be married.

At 23, she felt too younger to be divorced.

Maddie couldn’t blame her divorce on Con Sullier. Maddie discovered herself falling for this irresistibly far-off guy whereas she was once nonetheless married to Robert. Con was once an rock jock at a small city radio station. He used to be always disappointed together with his activity, each one consecutive new female friend he bought, and his existence mostly. while he flirted with Maddie one evening on the Shakespearean competition, he simply desired to shake issues up a bit. He sought after a thrill. Later, he attempted to appreciate why Maddie driven him away, why she looked as if it would love working from everybody greater than towards him, why she concealed in books and baths and hated to force at any place.

Maddie considered leaving Utah, leaving Con and Robert and everybody who knew both of them, yet her fifth grade English scholars stored her there. Their open faces, and the house her father had obtained her within the pink rock canyon, saved her within the small Utah city
with one very vast major road.

Maddie used to be came upon useless on January 1, 1984, days after she broke up for strong with Con Sullier. Her neighbor, Junior Kemler, came upon her on that chilly morning, cradling a gun to her chest, a bullet gap in her correct temple.

Twenty years later, Maddie’s father nonetheless believes his daughter didn't take her personal lifestyles. He has spent twenty years and a small fortune attempting to accomplish a unmarried target – to persuade the Utah country medical expert to alter the demise certificates of his daughter to learn “homicide” rather than “suicide.” he's a young and determined guy in his 70’s whilst he meets a tender legal professional over the phone named Sophie Brownlie.

A light Thief is the tale of Sophie’s first compelling case, the tale of Maddie’s tortured middle, the tale of a small city in love with the not going mixture of rodeo and Shakespeare, a narrative of religion and trust in love and kin. it's the tale of selections, of unforeseen friendships, of individuals now not growing who they seem like.

The novel unfolds in time sessions, 2004 as Sophie turns into captivated with aiding the daddy of a lady who died twenty years earlier than end up that she didn’t kill herself, and 1983 as a tortured and lonely younger Maddie strikes nearer and towards the day of her untimely demise. After contemplating a number of attainable suspects, you start to think that the Utah medical expert can have been correct all along.

May have been.

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