An inseparable bond.
An insatiable force.
Battling his own personal demons, Police Chief Jonah Westfall knows the dark side of life and has committed himself to eradicating it.
When a pair of raccoons are found mutilated in Redford, Colorado, Jonah investigates the gruesome act, knowing the strange event could escalate and destroy the tranquility of his small mountain town.
With a rising drug threat and never-ending conflict with Tia Manning, a formidable childhood friend with whom he has more than a passing history, Jonah fights for answers—and his fragile sobriety.
But he can’t penetrate every wound or secret—especially one fueled by a love and guilt teetering on madness.
From best-selling author Kristen Heitzmann comes a spellbinding tale of severed connections and the consequences of life lived alone.
This book was an early Christmas present from a good friend and fellow book junkie. Honestly it took me a little while to get into this book. In fact I read two books after starting this one. However, it kept beckoning me over, asking me to keep going and so I picked it up and finished it. I’m very glad I did.
What threw me off at first was the multiple points of view (POV) – four all up. Granted two were secondary with Jonah and Tia being the primary POV. It was unsettling though to change between four characters in the first few chapters of the book and I struggled to keep track of who was where. Once I got passed that I landed in a book I haven’t quite read before and I liked what I read.
There is an underlying dark quality in this book. When I say dark quality, I’m not talking mystical stuff, I’m talking about past sins, wrongs, attitudes – life I guess. This book really explores the consequences of actions and the prisons we put ourselves in, in order to pay for our crimes. Heitzmann does this really well in Jonah and Tia – so well that I loved their scenes. They are constantly fighting their love for each other because of the past, that it makes them angry at each other, yet at the same time they are almost codependent on the other for their identity. You might say they are indivisible from each other.
This is a well written book filled with a few twists and turns. However is ultimately a book filled with layers. These characters are not cardboard cut-outs. They fight hard, cry hard and face life hard – often when it doesn’t have to be quite so hard – but that is the nature of the prisons they live in. This is one of the best books I’ve read where characters are so real with each other. It hurts to watch Jonah and Tia letting the past corrode their lives. There is hope in the end though and it’s a good ending.
Am looking forward to reading more from this surprising, in-depth and heartfelt writer.