le 3 février 2014
Michael is a doctor for MSF. He works in the world's worst disasters, dropping everything to go and help out wherever his skills are needed. He is married to the beautiful Caitlin, an artist. Arriving home from Venezuela after an exhausting tour of duty, he finds her dying on the stairs from her studio, with a packed suitcase nearby. With all his training, he can't save her.
Once she is dead, he begins to learn about the life she has led in his absence - which it has never occurred to him to consider before. Having rescued her from a domineering father, he has apparently assumed that saving the princess from the dragon leads straight into 'happy ever after'. He's never thought about what happens next.
Mike blames himself for the death of his own family when he was a child, and uses his medical work as some sort of atonement. He's so busy looking at the next earthquake or flood that he fails to see the more immediate world of marriage and everyday life. Now he has to learn not only who his wife really is, but who his father was, too.
This is his own baptism of fire, through which he will emerge a changed man; and the past will never again be what he imagined it to be.
Occasionally the dialogue is a little too 'written for effect' rather than natural; but that's the only quibble in what is a very enjoyable book.
le 13 janvier 2014
I very much recommend this book, not the least for quality of the writing. The proof-reading also was excellent, which is always welcome. The characters are vivid and come to life. I did fairly early on guess who the villain might be and a few other developments, but I don't mind that since reading a whodunit does not have to be a contest between the author and myself and in this instance, it does not in the least detract from my enjoyment. I bought another of T.D. Griggs' books immediately.
This is a book that I thoroughly enjoyed, not only on account of the plot but also because of the quality of the writing. Rich vocabulary but not over-descriptive. Logical timeline, which seems to be less and less the case in this type of novel. Mild suspense. Maybe the end is a little rushed. On the whole, highly recommended.
le 19 janvier 2014
I can second EAVG's recommendation, since she also recommended the writer to me personally (hi, EAVG!) Intelligently written, characters that engage the reader's interest and a good plot - I wasn't quite so fast on the uptake, having allowed a red herring to distract me for while there. Anyway, if I knew whodunnit, where would be the fun in the final reveal? Promptly purchased "Redemption Blues" to follow, and was not disappointed. I look forward to more from T.D.Griggs.