Title: What Could Be Saved
Authors: Schwarz, Liese O'Halloran
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 448
Year: 2021
Language: English
Description: Washington, DC, 2019: Laura Preston is a reclusive artist at odds with her older sister Bea as their elegant, formidable mother slowly slides into dementia. When a stranger contacts Laura claiming to be her brother who disappeared forty years earlier when the family lived in Bangkok, Laura ignores Bea's warnings of a scam and flies to Thailand to see if it can be true. But meeting him in person leads to more questions than answers.

Bangkok, 1972: Genevieve and Robert Preston live in a beautiful house behind a high wall, raising their three children with the help of a cadre of servants. In these exotic surroundings, Genevieve strives to create a semblance of the life they would have had at home in the US - ballet and riding classes for the children, impeccable dinner parties, a meticulously kept home. But in truth, Robert works for American intelligence, Genevieve finds herself drawn into a passionate affair with her husband's boss, and their serene household is vulnerable to unseen dangers in a rapidly changing world and a country they don't really understand.

Alternating between past and present as all of the secrets are revealed, What Could Be Saved is an unforgettable novel about a family shattered by loss and betrayal, and the beauty that can exist even in the midst of brokenness. [Taken from book blurb, Allen & Unwin]

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"I really enjoyed this read. It's so well told."

"The descriptions of life in Thailand are very illuminating, as is the picture drawn of expat life in the 1970s."

"Beautiful writing and impressive metaphors."

"While I enjoyed the book very much, I did find it emotionally draining, I became so caught up with it."

"Well-written book. The description of Bangkok society in 1972 is very revealing."

"The tension and suspense builds up. It's very well done."

"There are references to sex and violence but not overly descriptive."

Categories: Fiction, Family Saga, Grief/loss, Relationships, Suspense/Thriller, Tragedy/disaster, Thailand, America, 2023 Titles - Coming Soon


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