An intriguing introduction to a hurting family - that was difficult to put down. My concern is that the story is not complete. The book ends with one part of the family falling off a cliff with no resolution. What I do not know is whether I am reading the first book of a trilogy or the first episode of a soap opera that has no resolution? Either way it leaves me disappointed to be reading an $8 or $9 paperback or a $15 to $20 hardback and still needing to purchase another book..
There have been some books that have accomplished this satisfactorily (think the Lord of the Rings), but the Foundation Series is not Lord of the Rings. I would much rather have a complete story with an introduction, climax, and ending - than be forced to purchase the next book in the series with no warning of this fact until the conclusion of the last chapter.
The story is believable - it even has parallels to the experience my wife and I have had to our own parents. I do want to know whether Mark and Julie are able to resolve the difficulties they are experiencing with Doug and, to a lesser extent, Cass. Difficulties with in-laws are among the most difficult issues faced by young families. When compounded with the loss of a child and moving, the stress for a young family can be extreme.
The book is well written, it does hold the reader’s interest, and helped this reader to want more. If chosen knowing that at least one, and perhaps more, books will need to be purchased to reach the end of the story, then a reader might be satisfied. This reader was not.
This review is based on a free electronic copy of this book provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.