Author: Jamie Fessenden
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Lou Harper
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Kevin Derocher was thirty-two when he walked into Tom’s office, newly married, a baby on the way, and the collar of his red flannel shirt pulled up to hide the bruises around his throat from when he hanged himself in his garage. After his initial consult, therapist Tom Langois believes he’ll never see Kevin again—but Kevin turns up three years later to make repairs on Tom’s new house.
Kevin and Tom become fast friends, and Tom begins to suspect Kevin may be interested in more than friendship. However, Kevin remains haunted by something from his childhood—something so terrible he blocked it from his mind. These suppressed memories make it impossible for Kevin to get close to anyone without panicking and lashing out, sometimes violently. But as his past begins to surface, it becomes apparent that Kevin may hold the key to a twenty-five-year-old mystery: what happened to Billy?
I’m torn on this book. On the one hand, I enjoyed it. The story was well written and I believe the author handled the tough subject of child abuse very respectfully. The story was captivating and I could not put it down. The mystery was compelling and I had to know how it ended. Kevin was a well written character. His journey and growth throughout the novel was fantastic and the emotions were off the charts. I hurt for Kevin and his tale will stay with me for a long time.
On the other hand, I hated the content and thought the romance was a bit forced. The subject matter was difficult for me to read and left me at a loss for what to think. To know that art is often an imitation of life, leaves me sick to my stomach. That there are people out there just like Kevin’s father makes me want to throw something for the injustice to those poor children. And while I was glad to see Kevin getting his HEA, I think the romance distracted from the story itself. The word love was thrown out there but to me it felt more like the two men were using their relationship to fill holes in their lives that needed to be fixed before love should even be an option. Kevin found someone to care for him and so he latched on. Tom found someone who needed to be cared for and so he latched on. To me this was not love and by throwing that word around, it took away from my enjoyment of the mystery unfolding. This was a great murder mystery, healing story that would have been just as great without the romantic aspect.
Overall, I call this a positive reading experience. It takes great skill to get me to continue reading when I am so disturbed over the content. This story was well done and will stick with me for some time.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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