No writer today illuminates the struggles of families-and the crises that can tear them apart-better than #1 New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard. "A first-rate storyteller" (Newsweek) who "renders her characters flawlessly, endowing them with a humanity that is both accessibly grounded and astonishingly deep" (Bookslist), the author of The Deep End of the Ocean, Twelve Times Blessed, and The Breakdown Lane now tells of a young woman's odyssey from innocence...and her desperate battle to be released from intolerable loss. Twelve-year-old Veronica Swan's idyllic life in a close-knit Mormon community is shattered when her two younger sisters are brutally murdered. Although her parents find the strength to forgive the deranged killer, Scott Early, Veronica cannot do the same. Years later, she sets out alone to avenge her sisters' deaths, dropping her identity and severing ties in the process. But as she closes in on Early, Veronica will discover the true meaning of sin and compassion...before she make a decision that will change her and her family forever. With a rare grace and piercing vision of people in turmoil, Jacquelyn Mitchard once again demonstrates her mastery of both suspense and complex human emotions as she explores the often surprising, mysterious acts that give full meaning to our lives.
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"Veronica Swann is 12 when her younger sisters are murdered. This horrible event never leaves her and her parents, but when the killer is released years later, her parents are able to forgive. Veronica's inability to do so will lead her on a surprising journey. Narrating this first-person novel with empathy and sensitivity, Kathe Mazur captures the right emotional pitch throughout--from the pain of the event to the joys and triumphs of Ronnie's progress toward adulthood. Mazur's depiction of the other characters--Ronnie's parents, her friends (male and female), and Scott Early, her sisters' killer--are all convincing and compelling. Mitchard's ability to explore the dynamics of a family affected by tragedy, coupled with Mazur's expertly nuanced narration, makes this a winning production. M.A.M. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"
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