Paige Dawson has lost everything. Her daughter was murdered 10 years ago and her husband took his own life a few months past. She’s been in an alcohol and pill-fueled haze for years as the loss of her family torments her. One day she stumbles across a gun that she didn’t know her husband owned and tumbles down a path to finding the truth.
So, this is a tough one to review. I liked the book for MOST of it, but what I didn’t like, I hated. Let me explain. The story quickly dives into Paige’s daily life as she struggles to cope with her losses. This is a heartbreaking story of grief and loss and what happens when we have nothing left. Once the story turns into things-are-not-what-they-seem territory, I was firmly along for the ride. I wanted something good for this woman, some truth or closure for her. The problem is that when you find out that truth, it’s a freaking slap in the face of story-telling. I feel as though Jack Jordan sat at his desk and thought, “What’s the most awful thing I can come up with that will truly horrify my readers” and went with that. I think he stopped serving the story, and his characters, and went balls-out for shock value. I was disgusted, and not because I can’t handle an uncomfortable story line, but because it served no purpose other than to be disgusting. It’s a shame really, the book has so much potential that was sadly squandered.
Well-developed character that feels very real
Engaging story, up until it wasn’t
I’m sorry, but a bedroom won’t hold a persons scent for 10 years
Jordan doesn’t seem to understand how memory repression works
Story takes a plunge off the deep end and drowns
Climactic scene felt like it took place in a bad horror movie
“For the first few seconds after she woke, Paige Dawson lived in a world where her husband Ryan was snoring lightly beside her, and her daughter Chloe was sleeping peacefully in the next room. When reality slowly trickled in, she instantly wanted to return to sleep – to forget they were dead – to stop the tears from rolling down her cheeks.”
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased review.