A File of a Life

Fiction - Literary
330 Pages
Reviewed on 10/03/2020
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

A File of a Life by Christina McKinney is the story of a daughter as she experiences her mother’s presence through the things she left behind. Jill never got over her mother Bobbie’s death. She never found closure, and that translated into her other relationships. Home never felt like home anymore, which was why she tried her best never to be there. When her grandmother got sick, she had no other choice but to go back home. However, surprises were waiting for her at home. In the attic, she came across a file that seemed to hold the essence of her mother’s life. From little pieces of poetry to letters, Jill learned more about her mother than she ever did before. However, one secret about her mother’s life floored her. Now that she had answers, Jill had no idea how to process them all. What was the secret she found? Was she ever going to get closure?

A File of a Life by Christina McKinney was a heart-wrenching yet very interesting novel. Jill was such a charismatic and relatable character. She was emotionally closed off, yet she wore her heart on her sleeve. I could tell what she was feeling and what she was going through by the way she acting. Her dialogue was revealing, it showed a side of Jill that she tried to hide from the rest of the world. The narrative runs smoothly throughout the story. The mystery behind her mother’s life and her death became much clearer as the story progressed. The transition was phenomenal and I was so mesmerized by how effortlessly everything blended together in the end. This book was a pleasure to read! It was hands down one of the best novels I have read this year.