Kellie Coates Gilbert is an up and coming new author from the wonderful Pacific Northwest (where I live) transplanted to Dallas. (poor thing) Check out her website, it's great. She is quoted as writing, "My books tell poignant and emotionally compelling stories about women who face unexpected, life-changing obstacles. I write about messy lives and eternal hope." I have only read one of her books so far, but if this is any indication, her words are true.
She wrote a totally involving, dramatic story, and she did it well. I can't say I was surprised when the story unfolded, but she educated her readers on a social ill with this one. If you have kid; read it. If you don't have kids, read it anyway, it's a well-written story. She does a great job with portraying complicated relationships and emotions. I stayed up late and couldn't put this one down.
The tale is one of loss, betrayal, and grief. It's tragic, but good comes from it in the end.
*I recieved a copy of this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an unbiased review.
From the publisher:
High school counselor Barrie Graeber's life appears perfect. Successful husband, adorable son, warm home in a nice part of town. Even her daughter Pearl is a vision of high school senior perfection: the cheerleader dating the quarterback.
But one night Pearl isn't where Barrie believed her to be. And, Barrie learns, Pearl hasn't been where she should be for quite a while.
The legal system, justice, and family loyalties collide while Barrie wrestles with the question that whirls within: How far should a mother go to love a daughter she may never really have known?