This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.
As Night Falls
It’s a regular night for Sandy. Home, cooking dinner, waiting on her daughter Ivy to come home from school and her husband Ben to come from work.
Before Ivy arrives home, Sandy is a little tense- awaiting the next potential skirmish between mom and teenage daughter. When Ivy arrives and the teenage dramatics happen, Sandy probably wishes that she could have a nice normal night- a meal with her husband and daughter minus the teenager auditioning for the starring role of The Real Teenagers of Wedeskyull- but after the night that is about to happen- Sandy would take a night of teenage theatrics any day.
When 2 men enter the house, Sandy hopes it’s a bad dream. She hopes that her husband, the strong wilderness man that Ben is, can defend the house. She hopes that the two men never find Ivy. Sandy and her hopes- too bad none of them come true.
Before the end of the night, Sandy will be pushed to the limit- far beyond the limit. Will Sandy survive? Will her family survive? What do the 2 men want with Sandy and her family?
One thing is for certain- this is the night that will show Sandy what she is made of, what she is willing to fight for and what she would die for.
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
So, this is Jenny Milchman’s 3rd novel (second that I’ve read) and I REALLY liked it. It was a story that I had to keep reading, even though, it did have an emotionally draining feel at times (I mean- really? How much could this family suffer?!)
Oh Sandy….. I admit- I took some time to warm up to you. I can’t quite place my finger on it- but I definitely did not connect with Sandy, the way I connected with Liz in RUIN FALLS. However, Sandy grows increasingly interesting as the story goes on- and by the end- any disconnect between me and Sandy had totally been resolved.
Ivy, Ivy, Ivy- gosh, I wish you had acted like The Real Teenagers of Wedeskyull around my momma. She would have made you wish you had never heard the term “teenage theatrics”. But the relationship between Sandy and Ivy is an important clue, a tell of how Sandy wants to have a relationship with her daughter- no matter the cost, no matter how much Ivy might not always want a relationship with her mom.
Nick. Deliciously evil. Nick is the kind of character that a reader can dive into and feel entertained by- even as he’s doing repulsive things.
This is a book that has much potential to be spoiled easily- so I’m going to stop here and just say: Buy, borrow, check out from library, find it at the nearest Little Free Library- do whatever it takes to get your hand on it!
*This book was sent to Traveling With T by Ballantine/Random House for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T