The strong, violent verb choices suggest from the outset that this couple boils with repressed hurt and anger. Hers seems more related to insecurity about her multiple roles as wife and professional, his to the frustrations of trying to minimize his wife's reactions and rationalize his own. It's a tight, vivid story that leaves a couple once again glossing over their issues as it closes. Or perhaps not. Maybe it's just reflective of the nature of today's fast-paced suburban life, and glossing over or moving on is what we do best. Read it and decide. It's GOOD.
on July 28, 2012
The judge's dilemma, his moral fiber, and his grounding in Scripture and law are quite evident. The reader also is inspired to feel sympathy for the boy without knowing a lot about him. I would like to know more about the crime, though, how it transpired and why. Russ is strong with characterization. I will look forward to seeing him stretch his plots a bit without sacrificing any of his characters.