A Student of Living Things by Susan Richards Shreve

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 3 Critic Reviews



The Frayn family of Washington, D.C., is coping pretty well with twenty-first century realities of life?snipers, bomb threats, natural disasters, etc. Then, in the moment it takes Claire Frayn to dig for her umbrella, her politically outspoken brother Steven is shot down right next to her on the library steps.

Steven?s murder shatters the tightly knit Frayn family, and his sister Claire becomes determined to unravel the mystery of why her brother was killed. Searching for answers, Claire meets Victor, an enigmatic stranger who claims to know who killed Steven. Claire begins an unusual correspondence with the suspected assassin, but instead of uncovering the truth of her brother?s death, she finds herself drawn to this man, and increasingly apprehensive about cooperating with Victor?s plans to avenge Steven?s death.

A gripping family drama with an unusual love story at its center, this is an intimate portrait of grief, the futility of revenge, and the miracle of forgiveness.

About Susan Richards Shreve

See more books from this Author
Susan Richards Shreve is the author of twelve novels and a number of books for children. She is a professor at George Mason University and the president of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. She lives in Washington, D. C.
Published July 3, 2007 by Plume. 256 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for A Student of Living Things

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

A biology student (with a musty bedroom filled with dead and living things), Claire returns to school after the murder and (not so accidentally) meets Victor Duarte, a young radical who claims to have known Steven, and may have answers as to who killed him.

May 04 2006 | Read Full Review of A Student of Living Things

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

One April morning in a near-future Washington, D.C., Claire Frayn and her brother, Steven, leave for George Washington University, where she is a biology Ph.D.

Mar 06 2006 | Read Full Review of A Student of Living Things

Reviewing the Evidence

Quiet, self-conscious biology student Claire Frayn, lives in Washington, DC with her close-knit large extended family.

| Read Full Review of A Student of Living Things

Reader Rating for A Student of Living Things

An aggregated and normalized score based on 7 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review