When God doesn't answer your prayers, you have to take matters into your own hands. Matters like what? Matters like saving Mom and Dad's marriage, saving Cyrus, and keeping your family in one piece. Hailey's family has been through much miseries. With a mother recovering from a miscarriage and a father jobless for five months, Hailey figures her parents' marriage is going to end up in a divorce. Her brother Cyrus can't seem to stay out of trouble either. Besides, their financial hardships may eventually end them up in losing their house. Hailey and Cyrus often hang out in an old abandoned bank with a man called Moses. His lopsided religious beliefs eventually drive them to commit a crime. Finally, Hailey and Cyrus find themselves in yet another trouble, their life in danger from Moses.
I received an electronic copy of this book for review from the author Chris Tusa on Librarything Member Giveaway. The book is narrated by 16-year-old Hailey Trosclair who lives in a poor family in New Orleans. I don't read books with much violence but I liked this book.
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I loved the book; it could have been a little better though. There are three different stories going on, narrated from different perspectives, and gradually they merge together to form a full picture. Although I like books with switching narration, there were times when I had to reread passages to identify the narrator. Often the same scene was repeated by two narrators from their own perspective which made a little more interesting. The book is fast paced stuffed with secrets and conspiracies. The ending left with me with some unanswered questions which I hope would be revealed in the upcoming third book.
Actually I didn't realize it is the second book in the series and it is pretty weird that I haven't read the first book, Death in Amber. However, given the choice, I would love to read its first and third book rather than receiving another review copy. I received an e-copy of this book from the Library Thing giveaway in exchange for an honest review.