One instant can change an entire lifetime.
As a boy, Ellis Barstow heard the sound of the collision that killed Christopher, his older half brother—an accident that would haunt him for years. A decade later, searching for purpose after college, Ellis takes a job as a forensic reconstructionist, investigating and re-creating the details of fatal car accidents—under the guidance of the irascible John Boggs, who married Christopher's girlfriend. Ellis takes naturally to the work, fascinated by the task of trying to find reason, and justice, within the seemingly random chaos of smashed glass and broken lives. But Ellis is harboring secrets of his own—not only his memory of the car crash that killed his brother but also his feelings for Boggs's wife, Heather, which soon lead to a full-blown affair. And when Boggs inexplicably disappears, Ellis sets out to find him . . . and to try to make sense of the crash site his own life has become.
Raising a host of universal questions—Can science ever explain matters of the heart? Can we ever escape the gravitational pull of the past?—Nick Arvin's novel is at once deeply moving and compulsively readable.
Here is what The Queen Bee had to say about The Reconstructionist....
Ellis and Christopher Barstow grew up living near a street intersection that produced many accidents. They would hear the crash and then run through a neighbor's yard and look to see what happened. One of these crashes ended up claiming the life of Christopher. Fast forward to Ellis getting out of college and kind of floundering around, passing through an airport he sees Heather, Chris' old girlfriend and the object of his high school crush. Heather is now married to John Boggs, an accident reconstructionist, who makes Ellis a job offer he can't refuse.
Ellis & Boggs become friends, and they have an easy going work relationship. But Ellis begins to feel those old feelings for Heather and Heather & Boggs' marriage seems to be in trouble. Sound predictable?
I found I could put this book down and not pick it up for a while. The scientific parts of accident reconstruction would be interesting to someone who was interested in that sort of thing but not for me. Yes, there is a plot twist and the book leaves you wondering...but the buildup of the characters in the first chapters just doesn't follow through until the end of the book. I wish I could say great summer reading but I can't. If you were into the science of car crashes and not the characters? Maybe.
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