First Sentence: Six
girls walk down the sidewalk away from the camera, seemingly
unaware anyone is watching them.
Documentary filmmaker Maggie MacGowen has returned to her
childhood home in Berkeley, California to clear the house
after her father’s death. That return has resurrected
many memories and questions, particularly after Maggie finds
a film her father took showing her with her friends. One of
those friends, Beto, is shown with his mother, who turned
up murdered later that same day. No one was ever arrested.
Can Maggie put the pieces together after all these years and
do so without getting killed?
What a wonderful, completely captivating opening that is so
visually rendered. It draws you in and the, suddenly, lets
It is interesting to learn about the Bay Area during the Vietnam
years; the refugees and the Hungry Ghosts Celebration. Although
it is my own home, it is one to which I came later in time.
Also, because of Maggie’s profession, one learns a bit
about the television industry.
For those who have not followed the series, there is very
good background information on Maggie. It is brief and perfectly
woven into the story. From there, there is an interesting
theme about Maggie learning things about her parents, particularly
her late father. It can lead the reader to wonder what one
may not know about their own parents.
One appreciates that Maggie is a character who develops and
whose life changes through the course of the series, including
The Color of Light may not be a fast-paced read,
but it well plotted with a good twist. It is an enjoyable
read that certainly held my interest.
of other titles in this series
the Guise of Mercy #6
Paramour’s Daughter #7
Color of Light #9