Welcome back, Mr. Hart! You were definitely worth the wait. Well written, hard to put down. Absolutely loved this book!
This is the second well-reviewed Hart book I've attempted, and once again the prose was a big part of what defeated me. The story was okay, not particularly compelling and a bit unbelievable, with characters I could take or leave. The writing, though, seemed heavy, too self-important for the events it described. It plodded along, trying to say something momentous but never quite saying it. I didn't make it far before giving up, and probably won't try Hart again.
Wow what a book; what a story; what a writer!!
I can't say enough about a book like this. It is a must read, absolutely "unputdownable", I found myself doing chores with book in hand, unwilling to put it down.
All the characters are flawed, but oh what characters! They constantly invade your thoughts as you wonder what awful thing can happen next. All the while, a killer lurks in the background, killing young girls. It took me three quarters into the book before I guessed who it was.
This is a dark, disturbing story about torture in prison, a corrupt warden and prison guards, a good cop who was framed and gets out after 13 years and followed where ever he goes, a girl who loves him since she was young and becomes a cop herself, a 14 year old boy who wants to kill the person he thinks killed his mother, an 18 year old sharpshooter who was kidnapped and runs away from her affluent family when rescued, only to find herself in the clutches of the killer.
All these people matter and the writer pulls you into their lives. You really care about them and rejoice in the ending.