I love that the central theme in this book (as well as the others I’ve read) is family, and the complexities of being in one. The characters are wonderfully written , and deep in a very real way. It’s interesting to see the world through the eyes of a child, and know that they see things differently than us. While he was technically the “bad guy” of this story, I was impressed with the character of the Fox, who would do anything to avenge the death of his son. Great-grandma Pearl may be my favorite character, and she actually provides some comic relief throughout this serious thriller.
The climax in this book was slightly reminiscent of the one in The Baker’s Wife with a bad man/men holding people hostage in a kitchen. This one was a little different and maybe more interesting with the addition of the secret “hiding places” scattered throughout the house and grounds. I think when you’re reading the hostage and chase parts, it’s important to read a little slower. I read it too fast, and got a little confused along the way. I was pretty satisfied with the way it all turned out, but found myself wishing for more at the end. Ms. Healy’s stories do seem to have mostly happy endings, but I like the fact that she doesn’t tie it all up in a neat little bow. Life just isn’t like that, and sometimes there are consequences to face, even when we think the worst is over.
If you are already a fan of Erin Healy, I think you will enjoy this book, even with its differences from some of her others. If you haven’t read her previous novels, I encourage you to start with this one. It truly shows her depth as a writer with some interesting and non-typical characters and situations. Since it takes place in Colorado in the late fall, and includes a snowstorm, I definitely recommend this one along with a warm blanket and cup of hot cocoa and a fire if you’ve got it!
I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for this review.