Author: Rachel Joyce
Genre: Fiction, Standalone
Personal Rating: 3.5/5 (good)
Yearly Count: 104
Byron Hemmings wakes to a morning that looks like any other: his school uniform draped over his wooden desk chair, his sister arguing over the breakfast cereal, the click of his mother’s heels as she crosses the kitchen. But when the three of them leave home, driving into a dense summer fog, the morning takes an unmistakable turn. In one terrible moment, something happens, something completely unexpected and at odds with life as Byron understands it. While his mother seems not to have noticed, for eleven-year-old Byron nothing can ever be the same.
What happened and who is to blame? Over the days and weeks that follow, Byron’s perfect world is shattered. Unable to trust his parents, he confides in his best friend, James, and together they concoct a plan. . . .
This was my first introduction to Joyce Rachel's work. She produced a quiet setting and unique storyline. I appreciated the book for those qualities most, but was always waiting for something special. None of the characters were endearing to me, and I sensed where the story was going. So, it definitely was not an enticing read for me, but it was good. Like I said, I felt in a different place, so the writing transported me, and that's always good.
My thanks go to Random House Publishing Group and NetGalley for providing me with this eGalley. It is scheduled to be published on January 14, 2014.