By Catherine McKenzie
4 out of 5 stars
This book comes out the beginning of next month and believe me, you are going to want to read it!
An explosion in a building in Chicago, causing great loss for so many people. Cecily Grayson loses her husband in the disaster and becomes a poster girl for the tragedy when a picture is taken of her being lead away. The photographer begins a documentary on the tragedy with Cecily being one of the main focuses. Cecily was late getting to the building that day and she is hiding a secret as to why.
Cecily is part of a coalition to divvy out the money that has been sent in to the different families involved. She is working with Franny, who is the daughter that one of the women gave away for adoption years ago. She had just met up with her mother, Kaitlyn, and no one had even heard about her yet. Franny is a little unhinged, to put it mildly, as we soon discover with her interviews.
We also follow the story of Kate, a woman who fled to Canada after the explosion. Running away from her family and starting over again isn’t as easy as she thinks, especially when she reads more about Franny.
So many lies. So many twists and turns. I was not expecting a few of them at all. And the then epilogue makes you go hmmmmm…. The characters are flawed, human, afraid. The line between hero and villain is a very tight walk. You may wonder who is reliable, the lying will do that to you. I found myself drawn to Cecily’s struggle and when the truth comes out, my heart broke for her. A lot of weight was put on her shoulders. Such a good read.
I received a copy of this wonderful book from Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing and I can’t thank them enough.