Tuesday, December 4, 2012


My " in a nutshell" summary...

A terrible terrible crime occurs...and the result is what you would expect...the lives of everyone involved are forever changed.

My thoughts after reading this book...

For me...my own personal reading experience with this book was a gripping and serious one. It takes place on a reservation. A horrible crime is committed against Joe's mother Geraldine. She turns inward...she is not the mother and wife she was before this atrocity occurred. Joe is 13. It is the beginning of summer and he finds himself alone. His father is a judge but everything in the lives of this family just stops. Geraldine stays in her room, his father sleeps alone and the life Joe knew is gone. He has time to think and his thoughts turn to finding out what happened to his mother. Joe needs to find out who did this to his mother in the worst way.

Ok...that is sort of the point of the story but the beauty of the book is in following the lives of everyone else involved in this drama. Life on the reservation is the same yet different. Stories abound, lives are intertwined and Joe is always listening and watching and reaching for clues...for answers that are sometimes within his grasp...sometimes completely out of his hands.

The story has an amazing ending...one that I thought might happen but was still totally surprised by.

What I loved about this book...

This author is just a true storyteller. I was lost in her words and stories about life on this reservation. At times I was just praying for Joe and his dad and mom. His dad tried so hard to try to maintain his family. His mom was so sorrowful in her misery. Her life stopped the moment this act occurred. Joe's summer...was one sort of difficult event after another.

What I did not love...

Hmmm...the perpetrator/bad guy...it was sad to see such fierce evil.

Final thoughts...

I found this to be a book that begins strong and stayed strong all the way through until the end. It is a mystery unravelling but it is so much more. Be prepared for lots of characters and stories that sort of both shock and captivate.

With that done...Happy Wednesday!

I need a cookie!


  1. I can't wait to read this - it does sounds gut wrenching though.

  2. Great author, great book. Exactly what I expect from her. The cookie looks great too!

  3. I've been wanting to read this....Today I got off course and decided to read something not on my list.

    Mainly because it was a library book and I'm always eager to read them before they're due...and because the next book on my list has 667 pages and I'm not in the mood for it! lol

  4. This book sounds fantastic. The author sounds so familiar. I am trying to remember if I read something by her or if she is just on my TBR list. Fabulous review!

  5. "This author is just a true storyteller." That alone has me putting this book on my TBR list!

    Thanks for being on the tour. I'm featuring your review on TLC's Facebook page today.