Opening The Box
The action is set in present day and twenty eight years earlier. Bit by bit the reader pieces together what happened earlier as we understand how lives were altered.
One day, frozen in time, impacts today and tomorrow. Many lives and the whole town were caught up in the fall-out.
The novel shows how our choices impact our lives. “Bad choices, bad deeds can corrupt you.” We will always have the choice to do the right thing.
There were some truly good people in the novel. Some are motivated by money, greed, position and power. Corruption is rife. Others, in contrast, see hurting people and want to help.
Life is never purely black and white. there are many shades of grey.
Revenge motivates some. Atonement motivates others. Innocents get trapped in between.
Karin Slaughter produced a fabulous plotline that gripped me from the start. Her characters were well drawn, eliciting an emotional response from the reader. There was quite a lot of bad language which I do not like, but I recognise the necessity of use for the realism of the characters. It certainly did not distract from this excellent story.
I received this book for free from Net Galley. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.