Author: Nora Roberts
Publisher: Berkley 2016, ISBN: 978-0-399-17516-9
This book was a delightful surprise summer read. I picked this book up at the local books store, on sale, in hardback. I chose to bring this book, as a quick read, on my trip this week to have as a placeholder prior to reading another book that I had been holding for a cherished binge read. I found this book so enjoyable that I did not want it to end and took frequent pauses to drag the ending out.
The book starts off with an intense evening for a young girl, Naomi Bowes, following her father through the woods to discover that her father is not who she thought he was. Naomi is approximately 11-12 years of age when she identifies that her father is a serial rapist and murderer. The night forever changing her life, culminates with her rescue of a victim, and a new course in the life of Naomi, her mother, and her brother Mason.
The book follows the main character, Naomi, through her high school years, college and young adult life. The author does a wonderful job of causing the reader to pull for the main character. It leaves the reader with a feeling of empathy for the family of a killer. Frequently the forgotten victims are those that are related or were close to the perpetrator. Many people wonder how those close could not know they were living with someone so dark. This book is written from the perspective of what it was like to be known as the daughter of a serial murder and to be known for exposing your own father’s atrocities.
The reader is drawn into the life of Naomi, her personal growth, and desire to escape the sins of her father. Little does Naomi, or her family know, that their personal story only makes her a target for another twisted mind. Just as Naomi is finding her adult life, in a new town, with new friends, and finally a true love in her life, the history of her past is suddenly a new reality. The title of the book gives the reader a clue about the ending but it certainly doesn’t give away the character building and reading pleasure of following this character through to the end.
I rate this book a 4.5 out of 5 possible points. If you are looking for a good book with suspense, romance and a strong sense of the need to see the character succeed, I encourage you to pick it up and read it this summer.