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Jaime is 12. Crockett Grey is not. He’s an adult, and the teacher of her ABC (Adaptive Behavior Classroom) class in upper elementary. 

As a foster kid, Jaime had been passed from foster home to foster home since she was an infant. She’s never had a real family.

Crockett, on the other hand, had a real family, only to have it come unravelled after the death of his 10-year-old daughter to cancer. While his son, Mickey, hadn’t been born yet, the marriage still disintegrated into nothingness.

One night a year, on the anniversary of his daughter’s death, Crockett allows himself to shut away and grieve. Most everyone knows to leave him alone and to steer clear this night.  Most everyone, but Jaime, who shows up at his house unannounced.  As their paths collide, Crockett’s life goes from bad to worse.

This is an “on the edge of your seat” kind of book. Two pages before the Prologue a simple sentence says, “As noted in the afterword, the foundational premises of this novel are based on documented research.”

This trip takes you to the Vatican and back in a fantastical mind-bend. One side of the psychological approach makes complete sense. As the main character uses that approach to shape his perception and attempts to untangle the situation, the reader goes along for a though-provoking ride.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars because there were parts that left me thinking it too far out to suspend belief, even for the Roman Catholic Church. I was also disappointed in the afterword, which consisted of two quotes. I had hoped to get something meatier, which would have helped my lasting impression of this book, and would have given me something more to mull over.  I will definitely put this author on my “get more” author list, though, and make a point to see what else he has written.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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