A Bend in the Road

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This is a book review about the book, A Bend in the Road, by Nicholas Sparks.

Submitted: May 10, 2013

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Submitted: May 10, 2013

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A Bend in the Road

Kayla Murray

The book I read is called a Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks.  Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers.  All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with nearly 80 million copies in print worldwide, and his popularity continues to soar.

The book A Bend in the Road is about a man named Miles who lost his wife, Missy, in a hit-and-run accident.  Missy was taking a jog, and when she never returned home, Miles began to worry.  Later on, she was found in the ditch dead; but one question remained, who killed her?  Miles was a sheriff, and even though he wasn’t allowed to be involved in the case, he did his own investigating.  Miles was determined to find the person who killed his wife.

However, when Miles had to meet with his son’s teacher, Sarah, he soon began to fall in love with her.  His wife’s investigation soon came to a stop, and his main focus was on Sarah.  Miles figured he moved on, but his assumption was wrong.  What Miles didn’t realize was that they were bound by a secret soon to be revealed, and he would have to reexamine everything, even their love.

The main thing I liked about the book is that it kept me wondering whom the killer was.  The killer isn’t revealed until the end of the book, and the reader will be surprised when they find out who killed Missy.  I also liked that the book changed point of views throughout the book; it would change from third person then to first at different times.  The primary third-person narrative emphasis is equally split between Miles’s story and Sarah's story. The first person narrator remains unknown through the majority of the novel; however, the first person narrator is somehow stated in the story to be the one who was the driver who killed Miles' wife.

The personal connection I had with the book is that I have lost a loved one before, and I know what Miles went through.  It is hard to come to realization that the deceased person is never coming back.  I felt the emptiness he felt when he lost Missy, and it is a difficult thing to experience.

The connection I can make between the story and real life is that everyone has a story behind the way they act.  In life, people act a certain way due to past experiences.  In the book, the reader will see why the characters act in a certain way.  For example, Miles keeps to his self because he went through a traumatic experience by losing his wife.

The author develops the story by slowly building up to the truth about who killed Missy.  Sparks builds relationships that will soon be destroyed by the revealing of the killer.  He also mentions the killer’s name throughout the book, but never mentions this person is the killer until the end.

In A Bend in the Road, Sparks uses different literary devices while writing.  The one he uses most however is imagery.  Imagery is visually descriptive language that appeals to the five senses.  Throughout the book, Sparks describes the setting of many places.  The reader can easily picture the scene in which Sparks is talking about. 

Another literary term that the author uses is foreshadowing. Nicholas Sparks writes the story in third person point of view but describes two different characters, Miles and the killer. When he describes the killer, he shows what is going to happen and what has already happened to Missy, Miles’ wife.

Clichés are used a lot in this book when they are talking about Jonah and his education. He is behind in his learning because his other teachers didn’t care. The author uses clichés because he writes about how much he is improving in his studies.

Others should read this story because once anyone picks up this book, they won’t be able to put it down.  A Bend in the Road is a novel that reveals secrets only to its readers.  Readers will be on their toes while reading this book and will be asking a million questions.  Who killed Missy?  Why didn’t the killer confess his/her crime?  Once the answers are revealed, the reader will be shocked.


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