Review: The Anger Meridian

The Anger Meridian
The Anger Meridian by Kaylie Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sagas and series are a dime a dozen and are hardly worth reading. Kaylie Jones’ The Anger Meridian screams for a sequel. The characters are so well developed that it is sad to say goodbye on the final page – they are young, they have much to do yet and I want to know what happens to them next. Jones creates a superb sense of place and carries the reader over each cobblestone in San Miguel de Allende. The intense heat is palpable and the reader’s shirt sticks to one’s back along with Merryn’s yoga gear. Sophia, the lovely and lovable dog has as much pluck and personality as Tenney, the brilliant 9-year old. Even the reprehensible mother, Bibi, jumps visibly off the page through Jones’ depiction of her wardrobe, mannerisms and speech. Just when it seems that Bibi can’t be more hateful she turns a corner and Jones dialogue unfurls the mystery of why she is who she is and what she did to her daughter. Poole never sounded so delicious and Jones’ unerring description of Mexican pastries – smelling better than they ever taste – is spot on. Warm, scary, disturbing and lovable characters and an interesting story line make The Anger Meridian worth reading and sharing.

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