Be Ready for the Lightning

Be Ready for the Lightning

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A suspenseful tale about violence, sibling love, friendship, heroism-- all told through the lens of a young woman trapped in a hijacked bus. On the surface, Veda's life in Vancouver seems to be going just fine-- at nearly thirty, she has a good job, lifelong friends, and a close bond with her brother, Conrad. But Conrad's violent behavior, a problem since he was a teen, is getting more and more serious, and Veda's ongoing commitment to watch out for him is pushing her to a breaking point. When Veda is injured as a bystander during one of Conrad's many fights, she knows it's time to leave Vancouver for a fresh start. She heads to New York, staying in the Manhattan apartment of old friends Al and Marie. Exploring the city, she swings between feeling hopeful and lost-- until one day the bus she's on is hijacked by a sweet-faced gun-toting man named Peter. He instructs Veda and the other passengers to spray paint the bus windows black, and what ensues is a gripping and unpredictable hostage situation, the outcome of which will make Veda question everything she knows about herself and the nature of fear.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, 2017
ISBN: 9780345811776
0345811771
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 286 pages ; 23 cm

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Both a domestic and suspenseful tale about friends and siblings growing up in Vancouver. Veda and Conrad are brother and sister but have a turbulent relationship. Veda, can take no more so she heads off to New York, where she runs into other troubles.


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Nov 05, 2017

Not a bad story. Themes of Peter Pan running through it - possibly relating to the main character who seems stuck in a Neverland of her own. It features a cast of characters who grow up together. None were particularly sympathetic. "The Interestings" by Meg Wolizter covers this ground more successfully.

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