It is Book Club day! I am doing it a week early this month due to the holiday next week. I hope you all read our November book with me because it was such a great read. Our book for November was Redemption Road by John Hart. This book was a change of pace from the books I had been choosing. This one was more of a psychological thriller, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. I was totally wrapped up in the storyline and characters. I really could not put it down. The twists and turns throughout the story kept me guessing on the edge of my seat. My only complaint is that I didn’t really love the ending. I felt like it left me wanting more. I can’t quite put my finger on exactly what more I needed out of the ending, though. I just know that it felt a little unfinished to me. Maybe it was just that I didn’t want it to end. I’m not sure. Despite that, I really enjoyed this book. I loved the mystery and the thrill of it. I spent most of the time reading it trying to predict what was going to happen. John Hart certainly did a great job of keeping me guessing up until the end. I definitely recommend this book if you haven’t already read it. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Redemption Road is a story that revolves around four characters whose lives become intertwined in the aftermath of murder and mystery. It all began thirteen years ago when a police officer, Adrian Wall, was convicted of murdering the mother of a young boy named Gideon. Elizabeth Black, a fellow police officer, was the first on the scene. Because of that, she developed a very close relationship with Gideon. She became his protector and took on a motherly role with him in the years that followed. It turned out that Elizabeth’s path had crossed with Adrian’s a few years before the murder, and that incident had altered the course of her life. As a result, she did not believe that Adrian was capable of such a crime. She had an unshakeable belief that he was wrongly convicted and was one of only two people that supported his claim of innocence leading up to his conviction.
Thirteen years after the murder of Gideon’s mother and Adrian’s conviction, Elizabeth was caught up in another case when eighteen year old, Channing, was kidnapped. Elizabeth was put on suspension from the police force and faced criminal chargers after admitting to shooting the two men who had kidnapped, tortured and raped Channing. She had allegedly shot the two men 18 times. Elizabeth again developed a strong connection with the teen and took on a protective roll with her after the ordeal. In the days following Elizabeth’s suspension, Adrian was released from prison on parole. His time in prison had not been kind to him as he had suffered through abuse and torture at the hands of the warden. The day Adrian was released put him on a collision course with Elizabeth, Gideon, and Channing. Little did the four know that they would be thrown into a wild ride together mixed with more murder, mystery, obsession, and ghosts from their past. Their stories intertwined and eventually led all four of them down the road to redemption.
It was a beautifully written story filled with intrigue and mystery. I really did not see the ending coming. Again, I highly recommend this story especially if you like psychological thrillers and murder mysteries. It reminded me of stories like Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, which I loved. I will definitely be reading more books by John Hart in the future.
My next pick for our Book Club is another psychological thriller that is said to be addictive with a jaw-dropping twist. It was just released this month and is already making waves. My pick for December is The Other Daughter by Shalini Boland. It is about a mother whose 2-year-old daughter is kidnapped right under her nose. That little girl makes a return to her mother’s life 9 years later. Here is what the publisher has to say about this book.
“From the million-copy-bestselling author of The Secret Mother and The Perfect Family, this utterly gripping psychological thriller will have you up all night reading. If you loved Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and The Sister this book is for you.”
Will you come along and read with me?
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