Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Noah's Rainy Day by Sandra Brannan

A small boy is travelling by himself from the east coast to the west.  He has an escort so there's no reason to be concerned.  Nobody expected the escort's girlfriend to meet him in the airport and tell him they were finished either.  When the escort looks up, five-year-old Max is gone...

Greenleaf Book Group and Net Galley allowed me to download an ebook and read this for review (thank you).  It will be published on September 3rd and you really want to watch for this book.  I highly recommend it.

One thing I enjoyed about this story is that it is told from different point-of-views; you see the story from more than one side.  The pedophile is part of the story, FBI Agent Liv is another, and Noah is another.  Max is the abducted child but the real hero of this story is Noah.  Noah has cerebral palsy and can't speak, can't see well, can't move his arms and legs, and has real trouble communicating.  There's nothing wrong with his mind, though.

I was most impressed by how the author showed how awful it is to be unable to make your body follow your commands.  What good does it do Noah to know the missing boy is next door if he can't tell anyone?  You feel his frustration and anger.  When he gets really wound up, he goes into seizures.  This author has studied the disease or knows someone with it because it's presented in a very authentic manner.

I worried about Noah and his knowledge; the man next door is very bad man and it's unfortunate he's drawn his attention.  Noah knows Aunt Liv can help him, but he's got to find a way to get word to her first.

I found myself glued to these pages reading about the boys and hoping for a positive outcome.  But, like Liv knows, the odds weren't good...

I read this book in one sitting and I think you might, too.  It's not boring and there are enough strange characters in Max's life to make you wonder how he turned out like he did.  You need a copy of this book; it's excellent.

Happy reading.

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