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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
Based on a true story, Closure by Tasche Laine follows the story of Tara Carter and Trey Thompson, who grew up together but were separated by unforeseen circumstances. Trey is two months older than Tara, and because their moms were close friends, the kids got to do a lot of things together. At their tender age, Trey would declare: “When I grow up, I’m going to marry Tara!” But their affection for each other, pure and powerful as could be, would go through the test of time with separation. But they can’t erase the memories of each other, and so they keep in contact through letters. It will be twenty years before they get the chance to see each other again. Could this be a chance for a promise they made when they were kids to be kept?
There is so much beauty in this story and Tasche Laine knows how to help readers connect with some of the moving memories of their childhood. I enjoyed the tone of the story — compelling and clear. The story is told in an arresting first person narrative voice — a really irresistible voice — which pulls the reader in and allows them to see events through the eyes of the characters. The use of the epistolary style is skillful and it adds a lot to the story’s development in areas of plot, character, and theme. Closure features very compelling themes, and personal trials and personal development are woven neatly into the story. The themes of family, love, rape, and relationships are well developed in the plot. Readers will be pulled in by the intensity of emotions and the drama that is featured in the writing. It’s a beautiful story, beautifully told.