The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!
Let me break down the Good for you first. The writing style was interesting, included a lot of suspense, and was truly different than most books that I've read. The writing was also contemporary in that it used a lot of slang terminology.
My favorite character was definitely Piper, a 20-something, light-hearted, bubbly personality who, in my opinion, kept this book from being too dark and creepy!The writer keeps you interested - once you've made the commitment to read the book (That is you have read past the first chapter!) there are so many twists and turns to this story that you are never bored!
The Bad: There were several story lines going on throughout the book which made it hard to follow at times. Also, while it was easy to see who the favored male was, it was a difficult task finding an appropriate female lead character. I think that there was SO much baggage with the characters in this book that it could be a downer at times. Piper, although having a crazy family of swindlers, somehow came out of her life with a positive attitude and a very likable character. And, as a twist, there is some major psychological suspense going on with one story line - weird but yet intriguing at the same time!
The Ugly: Definitely the strange criminal behavior with animals that didn't fit the norm for cult activity or anything like that. There was alot of situations that dealt with drugs (a meth lab, trafficking), alcoholism, and the date rape pill. Also mentioned was some illegal scams with local government & police involvement. The story dealt with the Christian aspect in a few of the characters lives, although it was pretty vague. I didn't feel the God connection developing throughout this book as strongly as I would have liked to.
Tia, the lead female character, was a very complex character. She had a past broken love affair with the police chief, Jonah Westfall. She broke her sisters heart in the process and is now an outcast in her own family. Tia seemed depressed most of the time and went to church and befriended some of the ladies there seemingly to do some good deeds which she thought would make up for her past mistakes. She is living a contradiction by answering a hotline for people in crisis and giving great advice while being so totally lost herself.
Jonah Westfall is a very good looking Police Chief that all the ladies have eyes for. He has an amiable personality and is a former alcoholic. Jonah had a very dark childhood which you don't find out completely about until the latter second half of the book. Jonah's own father was the former Police Chief and it is mentioned right away that Jonah didn't have a good relationship with his father and wasn't proud of him at all in his police dealings; we find out later in the book why. His love interest is Tia...which is hard to tell in the first 100 pages of the book!
Piper is the happy-go-lucky young lady who, even though her own mother and father lived a life a thievery and greed, has somehow come out of it unblemished. She works at a small bakery in town and tries out new recipes and joyously shares them in the bakery whenever her boss, Sarge, was absent. Piper had no faith in God but when the going gets tough she calls Tia's prayer partners and asks them how to pray and prays with them.
Dr. Rainier, the new Vet in town, is a pretty, 30-something year old lady. She is a smart vet who loves animals. Somewhere along the line you get the thoughts of a Fatal Attraction - which can't be any farther from the truth! All I'm saying!
I think in some ways this book was written to inform the reader of the effects/trouble's of alcoholism and the lifetime commitment to recovery. It also informs you of the whole date rape issue describing all of the effects, its slang name ( a "roofie"), how long it takes for the effects to wear off, ect... In the end, knowledge is power. Important to know what's out there and how it affects others.
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