When paramedics are called to the scene of a burning car, they find a six year old boy in the nearby ditch. His mother is dead, no one knows who he is, and he isn't talking. Wearing only cut-off jeans and clutching a sketch pad, hes malnourished, small for his age, and covered in scars showing years of physical abuse.
When Chase - a small town journalis raised by foster parents - steps onto the courthouse steps after a week long stint in jail for trespassing, he is immediately met by his editor and assigned to write about this young boy. Growing up fatherless himself, Chase is drawn to the story and seeks to uncover the boys past. But by digging into the boys past, Chase is digging back into his own long buried emotions. "WHO AM I"
As he works to discover the boys identiy, he also finds the answers to the question that got him thrown in jail in the first place - the story of his own history and the father who gave up everything to get him back.
This author's style hooked me the moment I read one of his books and this book is no different. His use of language calls to minds stormy weather that leaves the air feeling heavy and ripe. You literally yearn for the next page, the next chapter, the next book even. I love how he crafts his words and draws the story along.
Excellent book. First I've read by Charles Martin and i am looking forward to reading others. Character development was great and the story held my interest from beginning to end. Author really knows how to turn a phrase. Book is billed as a "novel of discovery" and that is a very appropriate description. Carol
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I am a big Charles Martin fan! Have read all so far. One of the qualities I like about his writing- descriptive. With his words you sense the feelings and emotions, he paints vivid pictures with words, A lovely story of a grown man searching for a fathers love.
I finished this book late last night and was very moved! It's billed as a novel of discovery but I see it as a story of sacrifice and redemption. This tale has a traumatic beginning but keep reading.....the ending is worth the journey. I agree with the comments about the language, the atmosphere, the characters, etc. I have read another of Charles Martin's books and this one is even better than the first. It will NOT be the last.
Second only to The Holy Bible, this is an amazing book. I waited a long time to get it and it was very much worth the wait. I can't wait to read another of Charles Martin's books. I could hardly put it down. If I didn't have to work and sleep, I'd have read it straight through!