Wastes no time in grabbing our attention.
I cannot stress enough how magnificent the writing is in the book, and how well Luce breathes a haunting realism into the story so that despair and hope become entwined.
Luce knows how to end her story, and does so satisfyingly... it is similar to the procession of a good, long hike.
A suspense novel with a female protagonist that gets more right about women than so many others I've read in the past few years.
A revelatory family mystery.
...psychologically complex; it inspires horror, sympathy and even, at times, humor.
Luce deftly evokes Japan without exoticizing it...the final act is the novel’s strongest and most confident, weaving the book’s threads together and leaving a lasting reverberation.
Luce's debut will bewitch you.
Pull Me Under is a strange and very appealing novel, a journey to Japan and the primal scene of the main character's self— which, like a volcano, may have already blown its top.
Pull Me Under is a fierce and suspenseful exploration of the profoundly mysterious nature of identity, written with precise and spectacular beauty. Kelly Luce is one of our most thrilling new talents.
Kelly Luce’s debut novel is an urgent and wise story about the many disparate identities a life can hold, but it is also an astonishing example of all that a novel can encompass. By turns, Pull Me Under is a finely crafted mystery, a portrait of a fractured family, an evocative travelogue, an aching coming-of-age tale, and an insightful contemplation of our inescapable histories in an increasingly globalized and digitized culture. In this novel, Luce offers many poignant, page-turning pleasures, but her greatest gift to the reader is her revelation of how a single life, a single mind, a single, artful book can contain multitudes.
Kelly Luce's unforgettable debut is an elegant mystery, a tender story of family and forgiveness, an unsettling depiction of the darkness we each carry inside, and a hymn to Japan. Noodle shops, summer festivals, ancient temples, and the lush landscape of rural Shikoku burst to life in these pages. From its first sentence, Pull Me Under grabs the reader and doesn't let go.