Every so often, I go into a book completely blind. I avoid the synopsis, I don’t read any reviews and I just begin to read. Enter, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan, a book I had been seeing everywhere but knew absolutely nothing about.
The novel opens with Lydia, a bookstore clerk, closing the shop for the evening. When she hears rattling from the upper floors and goes to investigate, she is shocked to find a regular patron, Joey, swinging from the rafters with a photo of her as a child in his pocket. Following his death, Lydia finds out she has been left with all Joey’s wordly possessions, small trinkets and books, but she finds them defaced and they reveal hidden messages. As Lydia begins to untangle the messages and look into his suicide, she must look to her own violent childhood.