A startling and timely debut, Julie Carrick Dalton’s Waiting for the Night Song is a moving, brilliant novel about friendships forged in childhood magic and ruptured by the high price of secrets that leave you forever changed.
Cadie Kessler has spent decades trying to cover up one truth. One moment. But deep down, didn’t she always know her secret would surface?
An urgent message from her long-estranged best friend Daniela Garcia brings Cadie, now a forestry researcher, back to her childhood home. There, Cadie and Daniela are forced to face a dark secret that ended both their idyllic childhood bond and the magical summer that takes up more space in Cadie’s memory then all her other years combined.
Now grown up, bound by long-held oaths, and faced with truths she does not wish to see, Cadie must decide what she is willing to sacrifice to protect the people and the forest she loves, as drought, foreclosures, and wildfire spark tensions between displaced migrant farm workers and locals.
Waiting for the Night Song is a love song to the natural beauty around us, a call to fight for what we believe in, and a reminder that the truth will always rise.
Cadie is an entomologist studying beetles in New England. A long lost friend, Daniela, sends her an urgent message. Cadie and Daniela now face a dark secret which they have both held close to their chests. Now they both have sacrifices to make.
The writing in this story is very unique and quite beautiful. But the story itself is a little too slow paced…for me. That being said…someone else may find it much more enjoyable. It is well written, it just did not grab me quite like I needed it to.
I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.