Bestselling author Karma Brown is back with a morally infused and emotionally riveting exploration of one woman's guilt over an unexpected—yet avoidable—tragedy
Meg Pepper has a fulfilling career and a happy family. Most days she's able to keep it all together and glide through life. But then, in one unalterable moment, everything changes.
After school pickup one day, she stops her car to wave a teenage boy across the street…just as another car comes hurtling down the road and slams into him.
Meg can't help but blame herself for her role in this horrific disaster. Full of remorse, she throws herself into helping the boy's family as he rehabs from his injuries. But the more Meg tries to absolve herself, the more she alienates her own family—and the more she finds herself being drawn to the boy's father.
Soon Meg's picture-perfect life is unravelling before her eyes. As the painful secrets she's been burying bubble dangerously close to the surface, she will have to decide: Can she forgive herself, or will she risk losing everything she holds dear to her heart?
Brown (Come Away with Me) burrows into the unraveling of two families in this meticulous study of unresolved guilt and buried secrets. Meg, a busy realtor, mother of 15-year-old daughter Audrey and wife of radiologist Ryan, sees a car mow down and paralyze Audrey's friend, Jack an event that triggers the return of Meg's haunting nightmares of the death at age 16 of her own best friend, Paige, in a drunk-driving crash. Meg, who never resolved her guilt over Paige's death, becomes increasingly undone by Jack's injury, blaming herself for waving at the boy across the street just before the driver slammed into the teen. As the weight of past and present tragedies gnaws at Meg and frays the bonds of her marriage and friendships, Audrey deals with the situation by acting out. At the same time, Jack's father, stay-at-home dad Andrew, moves closer to Meg (and further from his own angry and distraught wife, Alyssa). Brown subtly weaves the ordinary details of everyday life with the turmoil of emotions bubbling dangerously close to the surface. This is an admirably layered portrait of how love can bend and still not break, and how the pain of betrayal and lost innocence, once confronted, can slowly fade.