Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Before The Storm- Diane Chamberlain

Before The StormThis was an outstanding book from start to finish.  There is a second part to this book called, Secrets She Left Behind.  I was not expecting a sequel to this book, but I am so happy that there is one. 

Fifteen-year-old Andy Lockwood is special.
Others notice the way he blurts out anything that comes into his mind, how he cannot foresee consequences, that he's more child than teenager. But his mother sees a boy with a heart as open and wide as the ocean.
Laurel Lockwood lost her son once through neglect. She's spent the rest of her life determined to make up for her mistakes, and she's succeeded in becoming a committed, protective parent—maybe even overprotective. Still, she loosens her grip just enough to let Andy attend a local church social—a decision that terrifies her when the church is consumed by fire. But Andy survives…and remarkably, saves other children from the flames. Laurel watches as Andy basks in the role of unlikely hero and the world finally sees her Andy, the sweet boy she knows as well as her own heart.
But when the suspicion of arson is cast upon Andy, Laurel must ask herself how well she really knows her son…and how far she'll go to keep her promise to protect him forever.

Did Andy start the fire, or didn't he?  This will keep you guessing until the very end.  You will think that you have it figured out, and then another twist comes and will leave you at the edge of your seat. 

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