The Ninth Step
Sep 5, 2012
Author: Grant Jerkins
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 9/4/2012
Grant's newest book is jumbled and twisted...like a Rubik's cube. He has done it again.
I have read and reviewed all three of Grant's books and in the previous stories he has found the emotional hook that is needed to grab the reader and reel them in before they even realize what's happening. The same is true in this book.
Life is messy. And weird. And takes very strange turns. Sometimes you feel you're a really good person and have it all under control....... until you realize you don't even have a hand on the leash.
I don't want to say too much about the story and give away the entire plot, so I'll keep it vague here.
Helen and Edgar both believe their life's leashes are firmly wrapped around their knuckles and all is well. Until Ebay, texting, a few too many drinky-poos and a curvy road stop those silly thoughts dead in their tracks.
The plot twists all over the crazy place as characters try to make amends, make their own lives better and hide their past transgressions to keep those cozy, nice lives they manage to form as they move forward in life.....no matter the cost.
You can't help but wonder though, as people unexpectedly change their stripes and show sides you've never seen before, who actually are the bad guys in this story and who are the good ones. Or are there any good guys?
Grant has a talent for writing in short, succinct chapters that grab you immediately and keep you turning pages rapidly as you attempt to keep up with the events. occurring. In the past I have found it very hard to put down one of his books once I open to the first page, and this book is no exception.
Read the first 2 chapters HERE!
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