***Story centers around a family with a college-aged daughter who finds herself mixed up with extream environmentalist fanatics and then dead. The story examines the idea of a "divide" both literally and figuratively. I enjoyed the book. I felt I could relate to the daughter in the way it's easy to get caught up in radical ideas as a young and naive college girl. And also I could relate to the married couple and the way life comes in and "divides". Easy read.
Nicholas Evans writes good stories with interesting themes. This book is about a married couple with two teenage children, a boy and a girl. From all appearences they were happily married buth husband decides to leave his family and later takes up with another woman. This leaves the wife to struggle with life and the raising of two teenages. The daughter runs away with an ecoterrorist and gets herself involved in corporate burnings and bombings to save the enviroment. However, one incident goes badly and they are forced to go on the run and be charged with murder. The daughter is subsequently found dead by two skiers frozen in a creek in the mountains of Montana. How did she die, and what was the trail of events that led this golden child of a loving family to go tragically astray. The trials and tribulations of passions and needs and dashed hopes and disillusionments all connect in this story. A good read.
Sometimes this book was difficult to read having been through some trials with my own teenage daughter. I feel very fortunate that mine came through it alive and well. The characters were very real to me in how they all handled the tragedies they were faced with. I think I'm ready to read something light and funny after this one!
This was an incredible story about a family dealing with tragedy. It was written backwards, so you learn how everything came to be. Even though this was a novel, I thought it was so well-written that I couldn't put it down.
This book was pretty good. A friend recommended it to me because we lived in Missoula Montana & a large portion of the book takes place there. It was a fairly quick read for me. The characters are lovable and relatable and you really feel for their struggles. Evans makes even the bad parts of people understandable. The book showcases the good and evil in all of us. The story is interesting and intruiging and it's written backwards and throughout the story you find out what happened to the family. It was a little dark, but not too much. The story was very intruiging and original.
You know how you hear stories on tv about horrible things that happen to families? This is like hearing the story from the family's point of view. It's very interesting. I recommend it.