In life, Frank could've had any woman he wanted.
In death, he'll try to win back the one that mattered...
Frank Wildermuth always regretted a mistake he made as a teenager: choosing Clara Murphy over her sister Gert. And like a true Murphy woman, Gert got on with her life, never admitting to heartbreak. Not even now, decades later, with Frank dead-dead, that is, but not quite gone. Now, Frank's niece, Andie Murphy, is back in town to settle his estate, and she sees that things have changed in Hartman, Connecticut. Aunt Gert still drives her crazy, but Cort, the wide-eyed farmboy she used to babysit, is all grown up-with a whole new definition for the word "sleepover." Even freakier are the whispers. Either Andie's losing her mind, or something she can't see is calling out to her-something that insists on putting right the past.
Muddled and confusing, Michalski's debut novel focuses on a Frank Wildermuth, and his attempts to reunite with a long-lost love and straighten out his niece Andie's love life. Unfortunately, Wildermuth happens to be a ghost. Andie, recovering from a break-up with her unfaithful boyfriend Neal, develops a romance with childhood friend Cort McCallister, which becomes complicated when Neal reappears. As Andie and her Aunt Gert clear out Frank's New England house, the eponymous Evenfall, the story of Gert's affair with Frank, her brother-in-law, emerges. The writing is competent and vivid, but the unhurried pace of the story, coupled with the odd present-tense choice, will put some readers off. Even more disappointing is that Gert, the most interesting character in the book, gets short shrift in the end.