Author: Charles Martin
Publisher: Center Street
Hardcover: 320 pages
An actress running from her past finds escape with a man hiding from his future. When someone wants to be lost, a home tucked among the Ten Thousand Islands off the Florida coast is a good place to live. A couple decent boats, and a deep knowledge of fishing and a man can get by without ever having to talk to another soul. It's a nice enough existence, until the one person who ties him to the world of the living, the reason he's still among them even if only on the fringes, asks him for help.
He will show her an alternate escape, a way to write a new life. But Katie still must confront her past before she can find peace. Ultimately, he will need to leave his secluded home and sacrifice the serenity he's found to help her. From the Florida coast, they will travel to the French countryside where they will discover the unwritten story of both their pasts and their future.
The first chapter intrigues, the second grips and doesn't let go!
The story line is interesting, but it's Charles' style of writing and wordplay that really sustains the story and pulls you deeper. His words wrap around you with a hypnotic charm.
Some authors write good stories. Some write words that are magic. Not taking away from the storyline itself, which involves characters with many deep layers that the novel slowly unpeels as you delve deeper into it, but when an author writes magic, any story spectacular.
The story is fascinating and gripping, the characters alive (the Priest is my favorite) and Charles has hit gold with his writing once again.
Prepare yourself though, the tears will come. The children will bring them.