Review by: Stacy Palm
This book had a lot of good things going for it, but it also had it's share of negative things. Let me start by saying that overall the book was enjoyable, entertaining, and kept me interested and it is for those reasons that I would recommend this book to readers. This story is engaging in a "I want to know what happens" kind of way. The writer did an excellent job of moving the story forward without ruining the surprise ending. I thought this was an excellent story premise as I have a fondness for redemption stories.
There were two things that disappointed me about this book. One is general and one is very specific to me. The specific first, I work with abused and neglected children in the foster care system and I help those children get adopted. I was very upset to see the writer shine such a negative light on foster care and adoption. There are so many precious children needing good homes and we in this industry have enough problems disproving the many myths that surround foster care and adoption in the public. I wish the writer would shown more support for this very important topic. The general, I found the lead character to be to self-centered in her actions and thoughts, and while I understand that someone in the midst of addiction is acting very selfishly, I believe that selfishness should have dissipated more once she was clean. I could not come to respect the character because of this.
I know I seem harsh in my last paragraph, but this is a very important topic to me and to the children we serve. Having said that, I really did like the novel and I thought it was a very good mystery. Also, the writer did try to show at least one successful adoption story within the context of the book. I do believe Amber Garza is a talented writer and I hope to see more works from her in the future. I would recommend this book to others.