If I had to go through what this character went through, I’d just shoot myself to avoid the agony.
This book is an accomplishment in psychological thrill. Jackson delivers a great story about every father’s worst nightmare. After some necessary details of an amazing family life, the main character’s family is ripped apart by the abduction of his seventeen year old daughter. The twisting gut, helpless terror of knowing nothing and able to do less is brought to the reader full force and great detail.
Jackson sprinkles backstory in in several areas that lends well to the action and narrative, explaining a few needed details without jarring the reader’s point of view. The story is also told in first person, giving the reader great insight to the fractured emotions the character has to deal with to just survive the loss of his child, but maintain a strength to not lose his wife as well. The drama was very real and very well developed.
I have kids and this story scared me in several places and nearly brought tears to my eyes in others. The dialogue was first rate, nothing wasted and all of it showing well developed characters and separate personalities for each.
Underlying all of the tragic loss and shattered emotions is a very real lesson in religion and its necessity in everyday life. I’ve never seen the argument for forgiveness so elegantly delivered. This author goes high up on my must read list.
Well done Jackson!