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If I knew then what I know now, would I have searched so hard for the truth?Anne Williams says she killed her best friend, Karoline. But did she? Or is there more to Karoline's mysterious death than meets the eye? Anne embarks on a compelling journey to discover her past and exposes an unusual history, horrific crimes and appalling betrayals. Through unexpected turns and rIf I knew then what I know now, would I have searched so hard for the truth?Anne Williams says she killed her best friend, Karoline. But did she? Or is there more to Karoline's mysterious death than meets the eye? Anne embarks on a compelling journey to discover her past and exposes an unusual history, horrific crimes and appalling betrayals. Through unexpected turns and revelations, Anne learns about love, family and who she really is. Can she survive the truth?...

Title : sweet karoline
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ISBN : 18209051
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Number of Pages : 225 Pages
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  • Betty
    2019-05-15 03:44

    Today she killed Karoline. Didn't she? This book is a psychological first person journey within the mind of Anne. A very unique yet intriguing stroll of how she perceives herself, how she believes others perceive themselves, and how it all went wrong. But where did it go wrong, exactly? Does she really know? And though we know at the beginning of the book what Karoline's cause of death is, we do not know how it happened, we can only surmise from hints.The death of Karoline puts Anne into a tailspin, one she doesn't know how to stop, and probably one in which she doesn't know if she wants to stop. Past, present and future all seem to be intertwined. When she finds a box of letters written by Karoline but purportedly written by Anne she begins a journey of discovery and madness. Most importantly, she must begin to discover herself and this is one thing she can do, though not without Karoline's hatred following her. She must have a true acknowledgment of self both good and bad in order to become her true self.Finding her family is the first step to recovery from the depth of her self reproach. The journey is one of bewilderment and danger, loss of friendship and self. Who is really writing the diary? Is it Karoline or is it Anne? Why does her family, long unknown to her, calling Karoline the "other Anne?" But fulfillment is ahead as Anne begins to learn her family history, bond with her very ill mother and her siblings. There is so much she doesn't know and must learn as quickly as possible or her whole life may come tumbling down again. This book was written in a compelling manner. I found myself drawn in more the more I read. Life is never all it seems and truth is not always easy to seek, find, or accept. I fell in love with Anne and her family as well as the acceptance it brought. Catherine Astolfo has created a fine-tuned instrument that brings music to heal the soul.

  • Mayra
    2019-05-24 07:09

    “I met Ethan on the day that I killed Karoline.”Thus begins this psychological mystery. One has to admit, it is a great hooky first line for a book!What if, in a moment of thoughtless anger, you were to wish your best friend’s demise, then, soon after, that friend ended up dead?This is the story of our smart, beautiful, psychologically fragile protagonist Anna Williams who, tortured by feelings of shame and guilt after Karoline’s death, suffers an emotional breakdown.Yet…did Anne really kill Karoline? I couldn’t help but wonder as I turned the pages, asking myself, “Is she a psychopath?” I kept having the unsettling sensation that what I was reading wasn’t what it appeared to be. In this sense, this is a deliciously engaging novel.Through Anna’s twisted perspective, and with the help of brief and somewhat odd journal entries, author Catherine Astolfo explores the complex relationship between the two friends. The reader will get a glimpse of Anne’s inner journey as she uncovers painful childhood events and discovers a family history filled with unexpected crimes and betrayals.Sweet Karoline is an exploration into the dark corners of a young woman’s psyche as she falls into a vortex of greed, lies, and deceit.I enjoyed reading this novel. It was different from many other books I’ve read recently. Written in a stream-of-consciousness manner that well suits the complicated mind of the protagonist, this multi-layered, well-paced story could be considered literary mystery. Astolfo pays a lot of attention to language and her prose, drily witty at times, is eloquent and fluid. What leads people to harm others? What prompts a good person to commit evil acts? These are just some of the questions explored in this dark tale of suspense.If you enjoy a good psychological mystery, you should try this one out. Recommended.

  • Joyce Strand
    2019-05-27 08:59

    Catherine Astolfo has written a gripping story with exquisite prose about mesmerizing characters in her new book “Sweet Karoline.” Can you tell that I liked it?!We start the book with Karoline’s death. Astolfo then masterfully unfolds the story of Karoline from the first person perspective of the not-so-likeable protagonist, Anne, her best friend. While we learn about Karoline, we also watch Anne transition to a new person as she faces the guilt of Karoline’s death, and subsequently works to untangle herself from her dysfunctional family. Along the way, we meet characters who pull us into their lives and make us care what happens to them, including a love interest for Anne. Astolfo heightens the suspense using the backdrop of a special historical Indian community in Canada where Anne has traveled from her Los Angeles home to uncover family secrets. She weaves past-family events with this community’s history, deepening the plot for us mystery lovers. I found this book unique in its storytelling. Using tight action prose, Astolfo combines engaging characters, riveting plot, and embellishing setting into a very special story and compelling mystery. Highly recommended.

  • Jesse Christiansen
    2019-05-08 00:57

    Astolfo is one of the most subtle and patient storytellers that I have ever encountered. This book is like a movie you have to see at least a few times to understand its deeper nuances. Even the most careful reader will want to reflect afterwards, to go back and investigate its many layers. Sweet Karoline embodies a storetelling style that is often overlooked by the 21st century, one that we should hold onto for dear life. Take your time and savor this book’s human insight, vivid description, singular history, and intriguingly complicated characters … or you’ll owe this articulate, intelligent author an apology.Thank you Astolfo, for your preternatural patience in delicately weaving mystery and suspense into an original, haunting story, for the deliciously dark peeks into the human soul, and for an overall twist that further lifts this novel well above mediocrity.Yours in literature,J.G.C.

  • Douglas Wickard
    2019-05-10 02:08

    In Catherine Astolfo's chilling new novel Sweet Karoline, things aren't always as they seem. Anne, the multifaceted anti-heroine in this noir tale takes a fateful journey into her forgotten past, uncovering the painful roots of her childhood. While furrowing for answers, a mystery unfolds, truths swirl to the surface, a heinous murder occurs. Who's the killer? Caught in a tangled web of greed, lies and deceit Anne must come to terms with her past, present and future, and the bleak realization that those we hold close may be the last ones to trust. Compelling, visually descriptive, deftly delivered...Catherine Astolfo's got the goods! --Douglas Wickard, author of A Perfect Husband

  • Deedra
    2019-05-02 06:07

    Audible:Oh my,what a book!The back story,story and then the wrap up is a rollercoaster worth riding! This book has so many emotions I could relate to,at times I didn't want to pick it back up,but I had to know what happened next.Catherine Wenglowski is a wonderful narrator.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

    2019-05-17 02:48

    Sweet Karoline is a cleverly constructed psychological novel of perceptions, with a narration that brought to mind Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca and a plot reminiscent of Patricia Highsmith. Told in first person, through present and past tense, we hear from the 33 year old Los Angeles based Anne Williams, as she reflects on historical encounters and uncovers her own heritage. The locations are evocatively portrayed (particularly Italy) and the characters engage. Karoline fell to her death but was she pushed, did she jump? How did she die? Before solving this mystery we have to wrestle with our own changing perceptions, skilfully manipulated by Astolfo. It’s up to the reader to see past Anne’s distorted opinions and piece together the facts. As such, each reader will hold different interpretations.How Anne sees herself and others, and her views on love and sex, is at the heart of the novel. Emotionally challenged she often defines characters by their looks, giving her skewed judgements on their true nature.Each chapter is followed by a short diary entry, the author of which is hidden. Is it Karoline, perhaps Anne? Or someone else? I thought I knew, then was sure I knew, before releasing I didn’t know. But that didn’t matter at all. The reader must work to know the book’s characters and that’s one of its strengths.There are twists and reveals, right up to the very last word. In fact, you’ll be thinking and reflecting beyond the ending. This is a book that almost asks to be re-read.The shifting of time and venue may disorientate and in the wrong hands this could jar but Astolfo, like a cinematographer adopting shaky camera footage, is in full control. Another potential issue is that it’s hard to love a character you are never sure about, a character that can’t love herself and doesn’t engender much sympathy. As blunt, amusing and interesting as Anne can be, I was happy with the shortness of the story (at 214 pages). My interest in Anne and Karoline and my compelling need to know what happened might have been dampened if the book had been longer. As Anne begins to discover her colourful family history through relationships – not least with her siblings and ill mother - we begin to discover her, too. It’s a story of suspicion and superstition, a look at the powerful influence family and friends have on us, and how our experiences – and the presence of love - affect us.

  • Jack
    2019-05-04 03:58

    To be honest, initially I was not liking the book. Anne (the main character, not identified until later) was not someone I could relate to, and her morality was quite different, almost repugnant.After five or six chapters, I was about to give up. A little voice told me to stick with it, however, so I kept reading.And I'm so glad I did. While Anne is still not a character I identify with (me being a white male and her being a non-white female), I can empathize with her, which might be more important anyway. Her journey is quite remarkable and certainly helps us understand why she is the way she is. I think this is why God tells us not to judge people, because we don't know what they've been through. Particular actions can be wrong, but that does not allow us to decide the worth of someone.And the journey to love is often filled with counterfeits, those things we cling to thinking they are helping or define "love" for us. The reality, though, is they are a crutch and a trap if we hold on too tightly.My initial hesitation had nothing to do with the craft of the story; on the contrary, that might be in part what urged me to continue reading. I recommend the book to anyone looking for something a little different.

  • Garryvivianne
    2019-05-22 06:05

    Anne has become close friends with Karoline & the sweet quiet Itilian boy. They are friends forever. However, Anne believes that she has killed Karoline. She is not sure, but she thinks she did. Karoline has kept many secrets from Anne for quite awhile & Anne is just finding out. This book deals with racial issues, family secrets, adopted children & lets also add murder. It was Anne's journey to discover her past that makes the book a little more interesting. One thing that really really bugged me, was every time I picked up the book, Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" song would just pop into my head....and STAY! I don't know if that is the reason I just "kinda" liked this book.

  • Jason Stuckless
    2019-05-25 03:58

    This novel was so intricately plotted and written, I cannot conceive of how Ms. Astolfo could have written it better. One moment, a caress on the arm. Two seconds later, a slap in the face. I don't believe in giving things away in reviews, but this book really blew my mind in the high plummeting to low, all the while knowing through hints that the worst was yet to come. Wonderfully researched, beautifully, if not shockingly, written. I had been told that there was a comparison to "Gone Girl". It also has a taste of "How To Get Away With Murder". A must for all shelves, either virtual or physical.

  • Lisa Pell
    2019-05-24 07:41

    The clever plot twists in Sweet Karoline will enrapture you from page one through the last paragraphs of this fast-paced modern mystery. Author Catherine Astolfo exhibits a strikingly perceptive gift for believable dialogue and rich character development. Her dry wit and colorful descriptions will have you howling in laughter at points, but in tears at others as she digs deep into the themes of guilt, race, and relationships. The powers of love and redemption are strong, but does the heart of an Ice Queen ever really melt? Enjoy the romp from Los Angeles, through Canada, to a priceless Italian rendezvous--all in the pages of Sweet Karoline, where long-buried secrets lie.

  • Linda Caward
    2019-05-12 02:59

    Intriguing book, full of totally unexpected twists and turns. It's been a while since I've read a "dark" book (the author's description, not mine) that was so riveting. I loved the unexpected quirks in the characters as they developed...from what you THOUGHT they were to what the ACTUALLY were...all the way to the very end. Anne is a flawed heroine, but a heroine, nonetheless. She survived unthinkable horrors, yet somehow managed to find her humanity in the end. Wonderful book. Will look for other works by this author.

  • Dick Whittington
    2019-04-27 04:39

    Loved it! Story begins right after Anne has killed her best friend, Karoline, by pushing her off their 7th floor balcony...and describes what happens as she learns to know herself, deals with the murder, falls in love, reconnects with her estranged family and in the process learns why Karoline and their relationship had changed so significantly. Easy read. Terrific and well-developed characters. Surprising story line, well paced and always staying at least one step in advance of the reader. Will read again and recommend strongly.

  • Bridget Krause
    2019-04-29 01:42

    Great story, character development and mystery. I really enjoyed the mystery surrounding Karoline's death, Anne's family and the doom of the friendship. I enjoyed the way the story unfolded for the reader! Who was writing the journal at the end!?? I vote Karoline b/c I would be sad if it was Anne. I really enjoyed her at the end, push or not.

  • Dorothy Mcintosh
    2019-05-19 05:09

    The author has drawn a vivid and unique character in Anne Williams and as we follow her on her quest to unravel the truth about her past the novel offers us many surprises. But it is the ghost of Karoline herself that turns out to be the truly haunting character. Very well written - fans of dark psychological suspense won't want to miss this one!

  • Kathleen
    2019-05-13 03:53

    I thought the writing was truly beautiful but it really felt like two stories to me. One about a current toxic, psycho relationship; the other about a secret family history. Both amazingly interesting stories and told well but they felt as if they could have been two separate stories. So I am not sure the ends justified the means.

  • Bridget Krause
    2019-05-11 09:00

    Twist and turns made this book a quick and enjoyable readGreat story, character development and mystery. I really enjoyed the mystery and how the story unfolded for the reader! Who was writing the journal at the end!?? I vote Karoline b/c I would be sad if it was Anne. I really enjoyed her at the end, push or not.

  • Corinne
    2019-05-07 08:44

    This was a good book with many twists. I think it could have been longer for stronger character development. I'm still reflecting on this book as I stayed up until 1am to finish it. I suppose that alone says a lot about the ending. I would say 3.5 stars if I could.

  • Joann
    2019-05-02 04:54

    I just couldn't get into this story. I kept waiting and waiting for something to thrill me or get me engaged in this book, but it never came so I gave up after about 1/2 of it. I couldn't get into caring for any of the people in the series. It was the Kindle edition.

  • Lucy
    2019-05-13 09:09

    I really liked this book. Wasn't sure what to expect as I got it for free on my Kindle. Good story with twists and turns and unexpected ending.

  • Jean
    2019-05-16 09:03

    Did not finish

  • Lesa
    2019-04-28 03:56

    Good book.

  • Patricia Bergman
    2019-05-20 06:43

    This book develops slowly into a superb mystery with great character development. I am impressed with Catherine Astolfo's writing and will definitely recommend this to friends.