I had read several reviews on Amazon before starting this book and wasn't sure what to expect; people either loved or hated it. I was in the middle. The story does go back and forth each chapter to a different time frame in the characters lives so you do have to keep up.
It starts out with Tommy who's 13 and visiting his mom for the last time before she goes to the gas chamber. The rest of the book weaves the lives of Tommy, his parents, his sister, and goes between the U.S. and England. The biggest help while reading it is to remember: Tommy = childhood & Tom = adult.
I have to agree with past reviews that the title of this book really has nothing to do with the book itself. The story is good with a few shocks but overall I just felt a little let down by the time it ended. I feel I can't say too much without giving much of the plot away. Was it worth the read? Yeah. Would I read it again? No.
I don't feel this is nearly as good as Evans' previous books. I loved he first three books (Horse Whisperer, The Loop, and Smoke Jumper.) His forth, The Divide, was very slow starting, but picked up as the book went on. But this was the first book, of his, that I just couldn't even finish. His previous book showed his knack for leaving you on the edge of your seat at the end of each chapter making it hard to put the book down. This one didn't have much, if any suspense. I read half the book and decided that was enough.