Blurb: Humanitarian aid worker Gia Andrews chases disasters around the globe for a living. It’s the perfect lifestyle to keep her far away from her own personal ground zero. Sixteen years ago, Gia’s father was imprisoned for brutally killing her stepmother. Now he’s come home to die of cancer, and she’s responsible for his care–and coming to terms with his guilt.
Gia reluctantly resumes the role of daughter to the town’s most infamous murderer, a part complete with protesters on the lawn and death threats that are turning tragedy into front-page news. Returning to life in small-town Tennessee involves rebuilding relationships that distance and turmoil have strained, though finding an emotional anchor in the attractive hometown bartender is certainly helping Gia cope.
As the past unravels before her, Gia will find herself torn between the stories that her family, their friends and neighbors, and even her long-departed stepmother have believed to be real all these years. But in the end, the truth–and all the lies that came before–may have deadlier consequences than she could have ever anticipated….
Review: Truly well written and emotionally gripping, you cannot help but get emotionally involved in this book.
Every single one of these characters were compelling. Some you loved from the beginning to the end, like Gia. Others, you liked then hated then liked again or the other way around. There were so many layers to each one it was easy to connect to them.
The plot had so many variables that you just didn’t know for sure which way it was going to resolve. Sure, some potentials were stronger than others, but there was just enough doubt to not be absolutely certain how it was going to end keeping the door open on several possibilities. At the same time, there wasn’t so much that it was bloated or overwhelming. It was a perfect balance. For this type of book, that is extremely rare.
Not only is there a wide range within the plot, but also within the emotional responses this book generates. It may be intense, but it has its lighter funny moments that have you laughing at the characters as well as the softer sweet parts that give you warm fuzzies.
I seriously loved this book all the way around.