Jackson Bower has a lot on his mind lately. His younger brother hasn’t been the same since his mother’s death. His father’s drinking is out of control. Then there’s Jackson’s girlfriend and the grief that ties them together even as it threatens to drive them apart.
He distances himself, hoping for a little perspective at the family lodge. But when their father gets drunk and dangerous, he and his brother escape into the woods.
Night creeps in, and the rains come fast. Artie slips down a ravine. He’s wounded and the brothers seek shelter in a cave, only to find someone else already taking refuge there.
A desperate man with plans to destroy their town.
Jackson must get him and his wounded brother out of the cave and over the mountain to warn everyone in time. Without getting them both killed first.
“Once you start it is difficult to put down. The scenery and characters are richly described, making it easy to visualize the people in this remote town. Secrets are revealed in layers as the narrator, big brother Jackson, opens up about his dark family history and also his current complicated relationship with his girlfriend. All the relationships are deep and believable. The family drama is wonderfully wrapped up in a dramatic story involving domestic terrorism, and the lasting consequences of a war many regret becoming involved in. The lingering void following great personal loss is the experience all the characters have in common, and grapple with each in their own way. A great read.” Amazon
K.L. Hallam lives in New York City with her husband, teenaged sons, a brown dog named Coco, and Tacho, the bad kitty, in a tiny apartment; grateful to have the entire city at her doorstep when she needs to stretch. When she’s not writing, or in need of a stretch, she’s painting with watercolors, singing and practicing guitar (still), or often jogging with her dog along the Hudson River.
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