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In this mesmerizing drama, one life-altering event catapults a family into turmoil, revealing secrets that may leave them fractured forever...or bind them together tighter than ever before.

From the outside, the Davenports look like any other family living a completely ordinary life - until that devastating day when five-year-old Jonah is killed, and the family is torn apart. As the fury of guilt engulfs them, the Davenports slowly start to unravel, one by one.

Losing her son forces Rachel to withdraw into a frayed, fuzzy reality. Her husband, Sam, tries to remain stoic, but he's consumed by regret with the choices he's made. Eden mourns her brother, while desperately fighting to regain a sense of normalcy. And Aunt Ruth, Rachel's sister, works too hard to care for the family, even as her own personal issues haunt her.

Told from multiple points of view - including Jonah's - the family struggles to cope with unthinkable loss. But as they face their own dark secrets about that terrible day, they have a choice: to be swallowed up in sadness forever, or begin the raw, arduous ascent back to living.

©2017 Janis Thomas (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Beautiful story...

And perfect narration!
I was getting a bit tired of my usual mystery books which are sometimes quite dark. This book was a wonderful change. Loved every minute of it!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Audible version is Excellent !

I would have liked this book if I had merely read it. The story was intense, being told from the viewpoints of Jonah, his sister, Eden, his Aunt Ruth, his mom and dad, and the dog Shadow.
It was important to know the story from each of their viewpoints because only Jonah really knew the truth about the “awful day”, but each family member carried such needless guilt over the events.
In addition, we get to hear the voice of Maddie, the therapist who works with the family.
The narrators, without exception, were amazing ! They made a book that I would have “liked” if I had read it, a book that totally captured my imagination on all levels. They are the reason that a four star book turned into a five star event for me. The loss of a child is always difficult to read, but this book was quite different. Since we know that Jonah died from the very beginning, it is not a tear-jerker rendition of the accident. What we are given here is more of the psychology of the unnecessary guilt of the family members left behind. Almost anyone who has lost a loved one can relate to that in greater or lesser degrees. I never cried during this book, (although I often laughed or sympathized) but I felt overwhelming compassion for each of the characters. I wanted to tell them that Jonah’s death wasn’t their fault, which is what I think might have been one of the author’s goals.
Just as an aside...I found the dog’s viewpoint slightly annoying the first couple of times I heard it....until he started talking about “The CAT” ! Every time he said it, I had to laugh, picturing how badly that poor dog wanted that cat!
This was an amazing ensemble performance of a very good book!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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great book

Very honest story, loved the fact it had different readers for each characters. must read!

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Really good book really suspenseful<br />

It was a really good book narrated very well.... Always kept you on your toes.

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Family undergoes difficult time

This book is about a young boy who is undergoing many difficult times. I only read a few chapters but I felt it was a real downer to my mood and I just wanted to s-c-r-e-a-m. Child all you need is Jesus to handle all this. He is the answer to all my difficulties....no matter how many come at once. Call me a Jesus freak if you want. There are many people facing difficulties they don't have answers for and I can't help these characters, so it is useless for me to read this book.

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  • 01-13-18

Not worth it

The storyline was only mildly entertaining. It dragged on in a predictable way. The worst part was the voice of the little boy-AWFUL.

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Sad tale

Good if you want to feel depressed and sad. Not my kind of a story.

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It was just okay...very typical

The story seemed forced, like it was trying to make sure it covered all the interest points without really giving the characters any depth.

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Grief and the loss of a child

This is the kind of story that will keep you thinking about it 4 awhile

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Excellent book!

Such a well written book that keeps you entranced! I dreamed of this book and couldn’t wait to listen mor each day. A story written about loss but so much more than that.