November 21, 2009

Reading "When Crickets Cry"

So it seems the book club I've joined is not too serious. Out of 6 of us, only 2 actually read the entire book for this month, 1 had just about finished it and the other 3 didn't even start it. But we drank 3 excellent bottles of wine (my favorite was Vampire Pinot Noir) and still managed to have a very nice discussion about it using questions from a reading group guide.

November's selection, "When Crickets Cry" by Charles Martin, was sent to me for my birthday a few years ago by my middle sister. I absolutely loved it when I read it then and so suggested it as a good read. Couldn't wait to read it again and it was just as good as I remembered it.

This story is about Reese, a man who is hiding from tragic events that occurred a few years earlier. He has remade himself with a carefully crafted but comfortable life and has a few close relationships, mainly his endearing brother-in-law, Charlie. The day he meets 7-year-old Annie, selling lemonade to raise money to help cover her medical bills and pay for a heart transplant, the new existence he's created begins to slide out of his control.

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This book is just plain beautiful. Charles Martin always seems to include water in his books and this one is no exception. Set on the Tallulah River and Lake Burton in Georgia, Reese and Charlie refurbish boats and row together in the early morning hours. Martin's words are so descriptive, you can smell and taste and envision the places and people he writes about. This story is full of medical jargon and some pretty exciting scenes revolving around transplants.

Published in 2006 with 336 pages, a website for a Reading Group Guide is also given that makes this especially good for book clubs. I would give this book 5 stars out of 5 and plan to re-read it many times over. Visit his website at


Kelli said...

All my Charles Martin books are getting dog-eared. I almost always finish his books the first time and immediately turn to the front and start again. Good review!

jayaycee said...

He is a wonderful author. I am so glad you sent me this book. It's definitely a keeper!

Karen said...

Thanks so much for the book suggestion. I'm always on the lookout for a new rich vein of reading material! This sounds great.

jayaycee said...

You will love this book as well as his others. I really enjoyed "Where the River Ends" too.

Kelli said...

Karen - make sure you try "Chasing Fireflies", too! : )

jayaycee said...

You know, I have read all of his other books, but somehow I missed "Chasing Fireflies." It's on my list now!