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Book Review: Remarkably Bright Creatures

Confession time. I haven't finished this book yet. By the time you read this, I will be finished. Also, I'm listening to it on my commute instead of actually reading it. It's wonderful as an audiobook if you enjoy those. Now on to my thoughts.

Cons: The book does have some bad language in it. It's scattered and not constant. In fact, so much of the book did not have curse words, I was caught a bit off guard when one was thrown in.

Pros: Where do I even start? The characters are brilliantly described with deep personalities, wounds, and likable quirks. I want to visit Sowell Bay, Washington. I had to Google it to discover it was not an actual place. Maybe that goes on my cons list. I looked forward to my commute each day and almost sat in my car Friday afternoon when I got home so I could finish listening to it.

My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Tova Sullivan cleans the Sowell Bay Aquarium every night. She started the job after her husband passed away because she needed to keep busy. As her friends, the Knit Wits, slowly move in with their children as age forces them from their homes. Tova begins to wonder what's next for her.

Tova's only son died in a mysterious boating accident thirty years earlier. When her husband passed away, it left her all alone in the world. Or so she believes. I think I say without giving anything away, that even without blood relatives, Tova's life is filled with love.

One of her new friends is the Great Pacific Octopus, Marcellus, who lives at the aquarium. Marcellus puts together the pieces of Tova's son's death and determines to help her find the truth. Yes, he is an actual octopus.

I loved watching the characters' lives intersect. They all grow, face their fears and learn new things about themselves and their world. It's a beautifully written book that I highly reccomend.


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