“Jonathan Flite wants to disappear. Apart from being Rhode Island’s infamous nurse killer about to walk free, he’s also facing more public scrutiny than ever before. The FBI has begun taking his connection to the long-lost Idle County Seven seriously, drawing links between people Jonathan claims to remember and last summer’s nuclear terrorist attack in Geneva, Switzerland. Furthermore, the perpetrator from last fall’s murders at Crescent Rehabilitation Center is still at large, leaving a number of questions unanswered about how and why the crimes might have been linked to the events in Europe.
When an anonymous stranger begins sending Jonathan letters encouraging him to tell the truth about the Idle County Seven mystery, his loved ones brace themselves for the onslaught of attention it might bring. As media reports creep toward the truth, the scientific and religious implications of Jonathan’s psychological condition begin to pique public interest—and expose those who would resort to violence in order to keep them under wraps.”
I cannot rave enough about how wonderfully Beier writes. His descriptions of places, characters, and even emotions are absolutely believable, and so realistic that the reader truly feels a part of the story. This is such a wonderfully written book! In fact, I’ll even give a list of just SOME of the emotions explored: loneliness, elation, forgiveness, compassion, mistrust, apprehension, sympathy, and inner turmoil. It also covers topics such as prejudice, religion, ignorance, sexual preference, family dynamics, psychology, and so much more. This is the second book of the series, and I liked it even more than the first. Beier is a phenomenal author.
The story advanced at a steady pace for the plotline. While the narrative moves back and forth between different times, places, and people- it was never confusing. There was always a clear sense of the timetable and the characters being written about.
The plot development was amazing. This story is entirely well crafted. Beier has presented a tale that is interwoven with such humanity that it will bring you to tears. I found myself captured in the story so much and felt a strong sympathy for the characters and their plights. I had an extreme dislike for what I considered, “the evil townsfolk.” I would literally get angry at times, while reading. As the storyline unfolds, coming to a conclusion, I was moved by the compassion a character, who could easily been resentful, showed towards those who had basically tormented him. The characters’ growth was inspiring and such pleasing wrap up. It is a wonderful and meaningful novel.
I am sure you can tell that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was an easy, though very emotional emotional read for me. It will stay with me long after I have read it. I can’t wait for the next installment. I cannot recommend it highly enough. 5/5 stars!
This book was given to me by the publisher via Netgalley. all thoughts and opinions are my own.