Burning September by Melissa Simonson

Posted December 9, 2016 by Minx

This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Melissa Simonson. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

Burning September by Melissa Simonson Burning September by Melissa Simonson
Genres: Womens Fiction
Release Date: September 8, 2016
Publisher: Independently Published
Format: E-book
Source: Author, Melissa Simonson
Pages: 284
ISBN: 1537570684
Purchase at: Amazon
Minx's Rating:

Kat’s life is going exactly the way her sister has planned it, until a detective shows up at their front door early one morning and arrests Caroline for murder.
Suddenly and utterly alone, Kat doesn’t know how to navigate a world without Caroline, the woman who raised her. During the aftermath of the crime, Kat tries to figure out who she is without her sister, but unlocking those doors only leads to more troubling questions.
Kat realizes the one person she thought would never lie to her had, and quite frequently. Sorting through the skeletons and lies might be more than she can handle, but it's a necessary evil if she ever wants to see her sister acquitted.


Compelling, engaging, and emotionally provoking! When I started to read this story I was not sure how I was going to feel about it. After all, everything is explained right up front but it is truly about the journey of Kat who essentially grew up in the shadow of her older sister Caroline. Reading this, I was totally engaged from the start. I loved this story!

Katya is the main character but the story is about her sister Caroline’s choices and the fallout from those choices. The impact on Kat was greatest as she was the one left in shambles and had to pick up the pieces and work towards freeing her sister by raising enough doubt that the circumstantial evidence surrounding her arrest could be overcome.

The plot is amoral and I don’t agree with that but it does bring up a point. If the only person you truly loved and loved you, your parent, had made a terrible choice what would you do to have them back? More than just sisters Caroline had essentially been Kat’s only parent. Caroline has lived for Kat, has sacrificed everything becoming parent to her at the age of eighteen so the lines between sister and parent have been a bit blurred. I love that the author was able to accurately blur those lines. I was able to see the parts where there was parent Caroline and then sister Caroline but throughout the whole story I felt the love that Caroline had towards Kat. It also came across that Caroline was in need a counseling. She had a few issues to deal with.

This book is character driven and every character will get an emotional reaction from you for good or for bad. Also, the opinion you will have of each character will change as you read this story. I adore that! I really enjoy it when characters develop and your opinion of them change due to their growth not just their circumstances. There is a slow building romance that takes place in this story but the focus is between Kat and her sister Caroline.

Overall, I absolutely loved this story. It was an emotional rollercoaster and I loved reading Kat’s journey that was basically imposed on her because of Caroline’s disappearance from her life. That was the catalyst that finally allowed Kat the opportunity to step outside the shadow of Caroline. Such a beautiful mess! I highly recommend this story!

*Thank you to Author Melissa Simonson for this complimentary copy of Burning September*

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