Now, being an author I LOVE to read other books because I enjoy seeing how other authors work. Long Drive Home was no exception. This book started off with a **BANG ** and I am not actually using that figuratively here - it really grabbed the reader's attention from the very first sentence. Will Allison had his character writing a letter to his daughter explaining what his motivations were - or something --- honestly I'm not quite sure, because as the book unfolded the letter became less clear and the motivations for writing the letter became less clear.
The book jacket describes the tragedy that Glen Bauer is - I guess - trying to hide, but who is he trying to hide it from? Himself? His wife -- who was never fooled, by the way -- or his six year old daughter - who witnessed the whole event? Again....this is not a spoiler as it is on the jacket.
Long Drive Home started off so well, but I felt that it lacked the ability to stay at that level throughout the entire book. I found myself skimming through it trying to find out what Glen Bauer was trying to say and do....and honestly even when it was finished I'm still left with that question . . . what was the point of the letter?
Will Allison does a fantastic job of describing situations involving confused children, parents breaking up and what that does to children and the alienation of children. Such a good job that it almost sounds personal. It made me, the reader, want to reach in and shake some sense into Liz Bauer and tell her she was destroying her own daughter.... but of course, she knew the truth and could not get her husband to admit it. And then there is always the 'mommy protection gene' that outweighs everything else.
I'm not sure if I would recommend this book or not....probably a 2.5 out of 5
Long Drive Home
This book was sent to me for review purposes only