I absolutely fell in love with Father Mike and how he raised Lizzy. At age nine, Lizzy's comfortable world crumbles. In present day Lizzy, now a high-school counselor, is still trying to make sense of what happened. Wood's characters show refreshing depth and complexity as they each grapple with the irrefutable power of the past. This emotional story is filled with crisp, rich details that linger in the memory. Wood's stirring domestic drama is full of surprises as it explores the weighty themes of religion, perceived innocence, and the corrosive quality of best intentions. The character development and reliving through memory is reminiscent of Crow Lake by Mary Lawson. The plot twists kept me engrossed as, tearily, I turned the very last page.
Rating: 4.9 Definite Recommend