Sunday, March 21, 2010

Review: Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon

Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon
My review: 4 stars

I really enjoyed this novel. It was well written and in many ways a very difficult novel to characterize. There are elements of mystery as well as some bits of a thriller type book. Yet, most of all, it's just a really good story with really interesting characters. The novel focuses on identity and it gave me a great deal to think about. This is the kind of book that I finished, sat down and thought WOW - how did he do that so well? I almost wanted to re-read it just to see how he weaved it all together so effortlessly. I'm amazed at the way Chaon was able to pull it together so seamlessly and effectively! Excellent book!

NOTE: This review is short because I make it a policy to never give away significant aspects of the story so in order to do a full review, I'd have to give away stuff that I'm unwilling to do for those of you who have not read the book. It's good enough that I hope you'll just run out and check it out based on my recommendation rather than a true review. It's worth it. I promise!


  1. I love a good mystery! I'll have to check it out on Amazon!

    -Lydia @ The Literary Lollipop

    ps. I always like to check the TBR catalogue on blogs; a good way to see what's out there. You have a book called Stolen on your Goodreads Montage; is that YA?

  2. I believe it is YA, Lydia - here is the description from Goodreads:

    Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. This new life in the wilderness has been years in the planning. He loves only her, wants only her. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, cut off from the world outside, can the force of his love make Gemma love him back? The story takes the form of a letter, written by Gemma to Ty, reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the outback. Months when the lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, blur until they don't exist - almost.