I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Loss of Innocence by Richard North Patterson
Published by Quercus on June 3, 2014
Genres: Family Saga
In 1968 America is in turmoil, engulfed in civil unrest and in the midst of an unpopular war. Yet for Whitney Dane--spending the summer of her twenty-first year on Martha's Vineyard, planning a September wedding to her handsome and equally privileged fiance--life could not be safer, nor the future more certain.
Educated at Wheaton, soon to be married, and the youngest daughter of the patrician Dane family, Whitney has everything she has ever wanted, and is everything her doting father, Wall Street titan Charles Dane, wants her to be: smart, sensible, predictable. Nonetheless, Whitney's nascent disquiet about society and her potential role in it is powerfully stimulated by the forces transforming the nation.
The Vineyard's still waters are disturbed by the appearance of Benjamin Blaine, an underprivileged, yet fiercely ambitious and charismatic figure who worked as an aide to the recently slain Bobby Kennedy. Ben's presence accelerates Whitney's growing intellectual independence, inspires her to question long-held truths about her family, and stirs her sexual curiosity. It also brings deep-rooted tensions within the Dane clan to a dangerous head. Soon, Whitney's future seems far less secure, and her ideal family far more human, than she ever could have suspected.
Loss of Innocence is the first novel by Richard North Patterson that I have read. As stated in the review for Eden in Winter, politics and war do not usually cross my shelves. I decided to branch out when I started reviewing/blogging, found Loss of Innocence and learned that I was not turned away by those things being included. Richard North Patterson is an amazing writer and while he has a style that took some adjusting to, the story of Whitney, Peter, Clarice and Ben kept me reading though. I was intrigued enough to request Eden in Winter to review since I had spent so much time with the four. I am very happy that I took the chance and once I found my “groove” with Mr. Patterson’s writing, I greatly enjoyed the story. I will be looking into other stories of his as time goes on.