Piercing Through the Darkness by Emerald Barnes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Wonderful psychological study of unresolved grief and despair. This book was short but suspenseful. Jonathan's life has been ruined by a careless driver, his wife and young daughter dead on the road. He's trying to deal with his grief and live a normal life.
Imagine his shock when the woman who caused his pain enrolls in a Biology class he teaches. He can no longer bury his emotions and fantasizes revenge.
Meanwhile Kandi, the woman who fell asleep at the wheel, has no memory of the tragic events. A protective family friend who happens to be a policeman watches over her, but she doesn't understand why he is so overbearing and concerned about her safety.
Things explode when Jonathan can no longer control his emotions. Will Kandi recover her memory in time to escape? And where is the policeman when she needs him?
I liked the voice of this story. The author did a great job of separating the three voices: Jonathan, the crazed professor, Kandi, the student, and Jimmy the policeman. Their inner voices were authentic and distinct. Since this was a novella, things were resolved a little too quickly, there was a lack of subplot to enhance tension, and the main plot was fairly predictable. But this book works great for the young adult/teen crowd, and I heartily give it a 5 star rating.
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