Here is an exceptionally engaging first novel from a commanding new voice in fiction, author of the award-winning and widely acclaimed story collection The Theory of Light and Matter.
The Harding family is teetering on the brink. Elson—once one of Houston’s most promising architects, but who never quite lived up to expectations—is recently divorced from his wife of 30 years. Their grown son Richard is still living at home, driving his mother’s minivan, working at a local coffee shop, and resisting the career as a writer that beckons him. And when Chloe Harding gets kicked out of her East Coast college for reasons she can’t explain to either her parents or her older brother, the Hardings’ lives really start to unravel. Chloe returns to Houston, but she may be in greater danger than ever before. Told with piercing insight, taut psychological suspense, and the wisdom of a true master of character, this is a novel about the vagaries of love and family, about betrayal and forgiveness, about the possibility and impossibility of coming home.
©2012 Andrew Porter (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“The plot moves backward and forward in time, artfully revealing key details and maintaining a mesmerizing level of suspense.” (Library Journal)
“The story is told with great emotional and psychological insight. All of the four Hardings get to tell their pieces of the story in their distinct voices, creating a multilayered and suspenseful tale of love in all its varieties and family defined in different ways.” (Booklist)
I was not impressed. Hours upon hours of listening to orioles poor decisions and complaints about problems that they brought on themselves. The characters weren't likeable. The plot was weak. Overall very boring.
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