When Julia Stilwell begins her freshman year in college, she already has a lot of baggage. Her grief and guilt weigh her down. And perhaps what has happened to her, what she has lost, somehow affects her judgment. And maybe those are some of the reasons for what unfolds for her during these early months.
For Julia’s need seems to have attracted two men: Sam Blount, who works in the snack bar, and has a compelling presence about him; and Marcus Broley, who is shy, but whose secret guilt somehow bonds him to Julia.
Their stories are told alternately, and as we come to understand them, it is difficult (at first) to see who is obsessed and who is simply committed to caring for her.
A frightening and chilling portrayal of obsession and the danger of unrequited love drive the story of The Preservationist: A Novel. Is this man a collector, a person who cares about sentimental objects, or is something darker happening?
We learn about the backgrounds of each of these individuals as we journey with them, and in the midst of the terrors ahead, we see a pathway to hope. Another story that I could not put down. Five stars.