By Jenny Milchman
Fiction, Psychological Suspense
Dec. 24, 2013
Free book given to review
Nothing could have prepared Nora Hamilton for the nightmare reality of finding her husband dead in their home in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. There were no visible signs of depression to even warn her of emotional distress. Unwilling to back down from the truth, she personally begins her own investigations. With a heavy heart, she searches for answers. She knows they won’t be found with the Chief of Police or her husband’s family. Not only isn’t she close with her mother-in-law, the woman seems almost distant by choice.
Two men feel compelled to learn the truth, as well. One is barely able to communicate his thoughts clearly because of his disability, and the other is a reporter guided by intuition. Nora begins to uncover a long-buried death and how it forever altered the lives of Brandon’s family. There’s more to the death than what was reported years ago and trying to reveal the facts puts Nora, the man with disabilities, and the reporter in great danger.
The book is dark and cold, which best represents the nature of the individuals in the community. Nora’s grief could not be described any differently. Though I wanted to stand beside her and experience her loss, there was only a slim emotional connection with her sister and her husband’s aunt. I didn’t sense any other form of love other than through memories. Concern, yes, from other residents. For the first hundred pages or more, I found it difficult to get into. I think it’s because it’s hard to wrap your mind around suicide. It’s painful for the survivors, it’s a way of ending deeply seated anger, fear, frustration, loss. But it is a subject that can no longer be taboo. Perhaps if we did get it out in the open there would be less suicides. What I liked was the courage and cleverness of the man with disabilities in his attempt to shine the light on the truth. That the protagonist held strong against the odds and those that wanted to keep her quiet.
I also have Jenny’s “Ruin Falls” to read, which was published by Ballantine April 2014.
About the author: Jenny Milchman is the founder of Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day, which was celebrated by over 650 bookstores in 2013. When “Ruin Falls” was published, Jenny set out on a 4 month/20,000 mile book tour with her family, editing her next novel en route, “car-schooling” the kids, and writing about the adventure for Shelf Awareness. She lives in upstate New York with her family.
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