First Sentence: Six girls walk down the sidewalk away from the camera, seemingly unaware anyone is watching them.
filmmaker Maggie MacGowen has returned to her childhood home in
Berkeley, California to clear the house after her father’s death. That
return has resurrected many memories and questions, particularly after
Maggie finds a film her father took showing her with her friends. One
of those friends, Beto, is shown with his mother, who turned up murdered
later that same day. No one was ever arrested. Can Maggie put the
pieces together after all these years and do so without getting killed?
What a wonderful, completely captivating opening that is so visually rendered. It draws you in and the, suddenly, lets you go.
is interesting to learn about the Bay Area during the Vietnam years;
the refugees and the Hungry Ghosts Celebration. Although it is my own
home, it is one to which I came later in time and I learned things about
the area I hadn’t known. Also, because of Maggie’s profession, one
learns a bit about the television industry.
For those who have
not followed the series, there is very good background information on
Maggie. It is brief and perfectly woven into the story. From there,
there is an interesting theme about Maggie learning things about her
parents, particularly her late father. It can lead the reader to wonder
what one may not know about their own parents.
that Maggie is a character who develops and whose life changes through
the course of the series, including her relationships.
“The Color of Light” may not be a fast-paced read, but it well plotted with a
good twist. It is an enjoyable read that certainly held my interest.
THE COLOR OF LIGHT (Mys-Maggie MacGowen-Berkeley, CA-Contemp) – G+
Hornsby, Wendy – 9th in series
Perseverance Press, 2014