Between the Shadow and Lo isn’t a book for everybody, but that doesn’t mean everybody shouldn’t read it. I don’t care who you are, at some level, addiction is something to which we can all relate. If you don’t have a vice, you’re not being honest with yourself and Lauren Sapala’s book is the cure: It’s a fistful of tightly packed honesty smashing you right in your lying face.
The main character, Leah, struggles with alcohol. It’s her numbing agent of choice that helps her deal with the residue of days past, heartbreak, and the general miasma of life. We feel for her constant letdowns and relationships with an unruly cast of characters. Eventually, Leah finds what she thinks is love in an alternate personality, Lo, but we discover the figment is only another avenue headed in the same downward direction.
Like many lives, there are punctuations of laugh-out-loud hijinks and hope, but everything’s coated with a sense of pity and worry for Leah. We hope that by the time we reach the end of the book, she’ll come out of the darkness and find her true identity.
Lauren writes with so much heart, you’d swear her prose was pumping blood. Her word choice, the way she paints a scene and the turmoil of the people populating her world, is beyond compare.
Even if you don’t think this is a book for you, please, download the sample and give it an honest look. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
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