Laurel Lockwood lost her son once through neglect. She's spent the rest of her life determined to make up for her mistakes, and she has succeeded in becoming a committed, protective parent - maybe even overprotective. Still, she loosens her grip just enough to let Andy attend a local church social - a decision that terrifies her when the church is consumed by fire. But Andy survives...and remarkably, saves other children from the flames. Laurel watches as Andy basks in the role of unlikely hero and the world finally sees her Andy, the sweet boy she knows as well as her own heart.
But when the suspicion of arson is cast upon Andy, Laurel must ask herself how well she really knows her son...and how far she'll go to keep her promise to protect him forever.
©2008 Diane Chamberlain (P)2014 Tantor
"A complex and emotional story." (RT Book Reviews)
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I read these books out of sequence and honestly I think it was just as good as if I had read them in order.
Sure the reader (you) already knows the whole story, but the characters don’t know anything yet and so there is an element of suspense that keeps you hooked “when / how will they find out?”
Having read book 2 first was not at all like knowing a spoiler in advance – reading Book 1 second, it felt like I was learning the true details of an event that happened from someone else’s point of view.
I enjoyed Book 1 just as much as Book 2, it was a really captivating and highly interesting story… I’d read Book 3 if ever she writes one!
The story was very well done.
Quite a bit, there are two narrators for this book and they are horrible. The woman does this inflection thing at the end of most sentences that causes me to just focus on that, in addition to this almost breathy quality. Both narrators just sound so fake.
It does have a follow up book.
Books are a survival tool in a sometimes insane world.
Everything disappointed me about this book. None of the characters made me want to root for them (except maybe the one guy that dies) Everyone is just so full of self pity and Waaaa...poor me, life's so unfair. The entire story is one depressing chapter after another. Definitely not an uplifting book. I was actually in my car saying to the audio narration: "really?" Take a look in the mirror, change your life and maybe things will change. Hate is a strong word but, I Hated it
Zero uplifting or redeeming characteristics in any personality.
I'd start from scratch
I have read the trilogy from Diane Chamberlain, and they were 5 stars all the way. I could not even make it to the end, true torture. I am returning this one and the sequel. That is not going to stop me from buying one or two more to see if they are any better
The story was well done and intriguing, but the narrators were very distracting. Their awful Southern accents and slow drawls were painful to listen to .
"Emotional rollercoaster of a family story."
No - I don't re-read or re-listen to books but I have been thinking about the issues the booked raised.
I liked hearing the different voices - of Andy, Lauren, Maggie, Marcus - it gave the book a good energy.
I liked Marcus & Andy.
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