Blurb: A moving and evocative exploration of grief and guilt in the wake of one family’s devastating loss
When former DC journalist Abigail Wolff attempts to rehabilitate her career, she finds herself at the heart of a US army cover-up involving the death of a soldier in Afghanistan–with unspeakable emotional consequences for one family. As the story of what happened comes to light, Abigail will do anything to write it.
The more evidence she stumbles upon in the case, the fewer people it seems she can trust, including her own father, a retired army general. And she certainly never expected to fall in love with the slain soldier’s brother, Gabe, a bitter man struggling to hold his family together. The investigation eventually leads her to an impossible choice, one of unrelenting sacrifice to protect those she loves.
Beyond the buried truths and betrayals, questions of family loyalty and redemption, Abigail’s search is, most of all, a desperate grasp at carrying on and coping–and seeking hope in the impossible.
Review: After reading The Last Breath and loving it so much, I had pretty high expectations for this one. While it came close, it just didn’t quite reach the same level. This is still a really good book, but it was missing some of the depth of emotion in its characters that was one of the reasons I loved the other book.
There were a couple of events in the story that I didn’t quite understand the point as they weren’t explained. We know where the tail came from (I think), but we never understand why. What was the purpose other than to create a level of suspense? There is also the unknown point of the key, something that doesn’t get addressed. I can take a guess that it is there to point out that not everything needs to have an answer and that it is okay to let some things go, but it kind of bugged me that it was even there if there wasn’t going to be something more with it. There was enough else that was going on at that point, that I didn’t feel that it had a purpose.
One of the hardest things in reading a great book from a new author (new to you or to writing) is knowing that everything else that you read from them from that point on is going to be held up to that first book. If it measures up, awesome! That is exactly what you want and expect. If it doesn’t, even if only by a little bit, it is disappointing. I hate to say that I was truly disappointed by this book, but I was hoping for something on the emotional and plot level of what I’d read before and this slid in just under that. Considering how much I loved the other one, that is pretty telling, even with the things that I’m nit picking.