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Take Me Apart A young archivist s obsession with her subject s mysterious death threatens to destroy her fragile grasp on sanity, in a riveting debut novel of psychological suspenseWhen the famed photographer Miranda Brand died mysteriously at the height of her career, it sent shock waves through Callinas, California Decades later, old wounds are reopened when her son, Theo, hires ex journalist Kate Aitken to create an archive of his mother s workFrom Miranda s vast maze of personal effects, Kate pieces together a portrait of a vibrant artist buckling under the pressures of ambition, motherhood, and marriage As the summer progresses, Kate navigates vicious local rumors and her growing attraction to the enigmatic Theo, all while unearthing the shocking details of Miranda s private life But Kate has secrets of her own, and when she stumbles across a diary that may finally resolve the mystery of Miranda s death, her curiosity starts to spiral into a dangerous obsessionWith breathtaking and haunting imagery, Take Me Apart paints a vivid picture of two magnetic young women, separated by years, but bonded by shared struggles Sara Sligar draws readers into a web of secrets and lies, alternating between the present and the past and revealing the truth about Miranda s death through the objects she left behind TAKE ME APART is a stunning debut In gorgeous prose, Sara Sligar creates a haunting and decidedly feminist literary thriller that explores mental illness, violence, and the nature of obsession I loved this novel so much that I blew off all my responsibilities, turned off my phone, and blistered through the whole thing in one sitting Unforgettable and thought provoking, TAKE ME APART has my highest recommendation. Kat told me to i know this just came out last month but y all better not keep sleeping on this bookof a literary psychological drama than a traditional thriller, this is a book that explores the pressures of art, marriage, and motherhood it connects two women through their struggles, intertwining their lives in a way that completely grabbed my attention and i would highly recommend cw suicide, discussions about loss of a loved one grief, mentions of self harm, domestic violence, rape sexual assaul i know this just came out last month but y all better not keep sleeping on this bookof a literary psychological drama than a traditional thriller, this is a book that explores the pressures of art, marriage, and motherhood it connects two women through their struggles, intertwining their lives in a way that completely grabbed my attention and i would highly recommend cw suicide, discussions about loss of a loved one grief, mentions of self harm, domestic violence, rape sexual assault, postpartum psychosis, bipolar disorder It was not the thriller that I was looking forward to read but it s promising, effective, well written psychological drama mystery So you may be asking why I gave Switzerland treatment to this book by giving 3 stars Well, I have complex feelings about narration Some parts of the book belongs to Miranda s story deserved 4 to 5 stars because it was complex, surprising, exhilarating, moving, strong parts of the novel but when I go to present, abuse story and metoo movement parts do not seem ge It was not the thriller that I was looking forward to read but it s promising, effective, well written psychological drama mystery So you may be asking why I gave Switzerland treatment to this book by giving 3 stars Well, I have complex feelings about narration Some parts of the book belongs to Miranda s story deserved 4 to 5 stars because it was complex, surprising, exhilarating, moving, strong parts of the novel but when I go to present, abuse story and metoo movement parts do not seem genuine or relatable for me My starts going back between 2 to 3 and sometimes they dropped to 1 when the boredom takes over But I still have to emphasize this is still good reading and the author has so much potential, talent to share.Let me summarize the plot Miranda Brand is highly achieved photographer dies mysteriously leaving so many question marks behind She seems like she have it all a beautiful family, a thriving successful career Her death cannot be suicide, can be After his dead s sudden dead, their son Theo decides to clear the estate and but he needs someone to adroitly organize her mother s belongings She hires our present time heroine Kate Aitken suffering from depression, needing a quick fresh start after being accused a superior sexual harassment at her work place in NYC and gets sacked As soon as she moves to West Coast to a small town where her uncle and aunt live, she hears about famous photographer s tragic story who committed suicide 20 years ago But we still don t for sure if she really did that So she applies for a job for working as an archivist to organize Miranda s documents, correspondences are piled up like big mountains andterrifying than my MOUNT TBR Okay, I m taking it back, nothing can beterrifying than my MOUNT TBR and me if someone hides my wine bottles , gets hired by Theo who acts quirky and distanced around her But he is also charming and demanding Of course it s evitable as they start to spendtime, they get closer and form a romantic relationship But why Theo has so many secrets And he fails from anger management control, doesn t he Could he do something to his mother We re moving back and forth between Kate and Miranda s stories We learnabout Miranda s painful past from her diary pages which are better crafted,layered, emotional We see her isolation, depression and fights with her inner demons and her ups and downs of her mental state And of course there are romantic parts help to conclude and intercept the stories.Overall this is emotional, moving, action packed women s fiction I couldn t relate with Kate but I truly loved Miranda s story and my cruel heart ached for her It s still well written and enjoyable book, I didn t get bored a little bit but I was expecting a thriller and Kate s parts of the story a little annoyed me and I read them mandatorily So 3.25 stars but I m looking forward to readbooks of the author because I loved her moving and creative way of playing with words and reaching our hearts with heartbreaking story of Miranda.So much special thanks to NetGalley, Farrar, Status and Giroux for sharing this interesting ARC in exchange my honest review

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