One decision. One family’s future in ruins.
When Jake Buckman decides to let Ryan, his sixteen-year-old son practice driving home along a deserted street, he has no idea of the deadly consequences.
But in the darkness of night, a runner comes from nowhere and the hit is fatal.
Now Jake and Ryan have two options: admit Ryan’s responsibility … or drive home as though nothing happened. What follows is not a clear-cut hit and run, but a split-second decision by a father who will do anything to protect his son.
Just how far do you go to cover up the choices that you make in split seconds and under extreme circumstances – this was the predominant basis of the book and for the most part made for a good read.
The author could have probably stuck with this original idea but does go on to introduce additional plot lines which at times make for a less than believable tale (thinking the blackmail, self investigation bits).
Some of the characters were flawed and not the easiest to connect with; such as Pam, I found her to be a rather annoying over-bearing mother who didn’t like to cut her family a break and I didn’t find her dialogue appealing. I thought that Jake and Ryan’s characters were written ok initially and I could feel their angst and guilt, however Jake’s actions later do become questionable.
The twist at the end surprised me, disappointed me a little and also felt familiar in that I may have read or watched something similar.
I liked it but didn’t love it but it’s still a fast paced tale of a hit and run and its ensuing consequences for the people involved in a small community. The guilt, the moral and legal dilemmas which forces the reader to question what would you do?
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