A rebellious teen has just moved to Florida with his mom when a woman in his apartment complex is murdered, leaving her baby behind. Keith takes off with the baby, hiding in the swamps, with the murderer, the police, and his mother all searching for him. I loved the evocative writing and the intriguing story line. And I always like to read about teens learning their lessons!
Keith hates everything and can't wait to get away. When he does he takes off with a baby, of all things. The town watchdog and a new arrival in town are off after him joining in a funny, touching and exhilarating journey.
This book centers on a small town in Florida that seems to draw single mom's running from their past. They all know each other in a vague sort of way. They know each other in a superficial way but they keep their secrets to themselves. Until one of them is murdered . .
Lucy's young, troubled son Keith (12 going on 18) turns up missing, along with the murdered woman's baby. This brings her closer to officer Julian who is a bit of an enigma. He believes he's ugly and relates better to his canine companions than to people. If this were written by another author I'd expect the two to track down the missing kids and fall into a blissfull love affair but it's a Hoffmann novel and her stories are more complicated and melancholy.
Keith discovers finds the baby who was the target of a kidnapping and instinctively knows she's in trouble. He decides to hide with her in the nearby wilderness since he was about to run away anyway.
This book, like the others I've read by Hoffmann, focuses more on its offbeat characters than it does it's mystery and that's fine by me. It's bittersweet and doesn't go where you expect it too.
Welcome to Verity---home of more divorced women from New York than any other town in the state of Florida. Where Lucy Rosen has moved to get away from her ex. Where Officer Julian Cash watches over the town with a fierce German shepherd and an even fiercer expression. Where Lucy's son Keith hates everything: the heat, the school, and sometimes his mother. He can't wait to get away. And then de does, when a woman is murdered and her baby is left behind. Keith takes off with the baby. Lucy and Julian take off after him.