by Wiley Cash
William Morrow (HarperCollins)
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Description: The critically-acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller A Land More Kind Than Home returns with a resonant novel of love and atonement, blood and vengeance, involving two young sisters, a wayward father, and an enemy determined to see him pay for his sins
When their mother dies unexpectedly, twelve-year-old Easter and her six-year-old sister Ruby are shuffled into the foster care system in Gastonia, North Carolina, a town not far from the Appalachian mountains. But just as they settle into their new life, their errant father, Wade, an ex-minor league baseball player whom they haven't seen in years, suddenly appears and wants to spend more time with them. Unfortunately, Wade has signed away legal rights to his daughters, and the only way he can get Easter and Ruby back is to steal them away in the middle of the night.
Brady Weller, the girls' court-appointed guardian, begins looking for Wade, and he quickly turns up unsettling information linking Wade to a recent armored car heist, one with a whopping $14.5 million missing. But Brady Weller isn't the only one hunting the desperate father. Robert Pruitt, a shady and mercurial man nursing a years-old vendetta, is also determined to find Wade and claim his due.
- Fast paced, intriguing with plenty of action to keep you hooked in
- Real, fallible characters. These never feel like caricatures, they feel so very real
- Easter and Ruby are memorable little girls and you cheer for them - you even develop a connection to their deadbeat dad
- Kind of sexist to say, but have a feeling this will appeal more to male readers
- Child narrators can often be unreliable, but not so in this case. Gives the story some much needed heart
- Reads like a movie
- Will appeal to baseball fans
- Author does a fabulous job of setting mood
- Oops forgot that one of the characters is a caricature - the hit-man. Guy didn't feel like a person, more a machine and his background story is meh & doesn't make sense towards his hatred for the Dad
- Author has obvious talent. Kept me reading even though I ad issues with the story. Will definitely be picking up his debut story
- Hopeful ending - like me those!
- Fabulous cover
"Now, you tell me a child who survives something like that isn't going to do something great with his life. Or mine. That little boy's now living with his adopted family over in Belmont, about ten miles from the place where he should've died. He'll start first grade this year. There's a little bit of happiness out there in this world, and sometimes these kids are lucky enough to find it."
"Those girls were taken from Gastonia, sandy," I said. "And I know they ain't worth millions of dollars, but they're worth something. And they deserve to be found before anything bad happens to them."
HarperCollins sent this to me as part of our Indigo Insiders program and I am in no way required to read or review. Had to read though as I must decide which title is my favorite between Cory and Shannon's Picks (Will take bribes kids)