What Sara Saw is a novel about an image left behind by an enigmatic artist known only as Sara. As the novel unfolds, it becomes both a quest to uncover the truth behind that image, and a story about two people discovering how a piece of art can hold sway over their interests.
The journey has a number of twists and turns, which I won’t spoil. It’s enough to say that the book takes a fairly simple premise and spins it out into a complex tale that ventures into darker places than I expected at the start. Basing a novel on an image might seem a somewhat unusual choice, but Stephen Geez makes it work by investing in protagonists whose journeys are uniquely touched by that image.
The book finds meaning in some of the simplest gestures, and that’s part of its power. Ultimately, What Sara Saw develops into a powerful and memorable exploration of how we all see the world, and how the work of others affects our viewpoint.
Star rating for What Sara Saw: 4 stars.
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