FROM THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED - HIS FIRST NOVEL, A POWERFUL STORY OF MYSTERY AND REDEMPTION
Within the self-contained world of the Willow Glen nursing home there are two extraordinary people. One is there to give care, the other to recieve it. Together they form a bond of love and trust that transcends their expectations and changes their lives.
STEPHEN SOLARIS - imprisoned in a helpless body since birth, unable even to speak, he has an incredible ability to touch the hearts of those around him with the power of his personality.
HEATHER BARSTEN - a nurse whose devotion to her patients surpasses her ability to fulfil her own needs. From Stephen she learns the importance of being true to her own heart. And she finds herself falling in love.
Then violence shatters Willow Glen. Residents and staff must confront a truly terrifying evil and face their innermost fears, suspicions and darkest secrets...
A BED BY THE WINDOW is an exceptional work, a gripping psychological thriller and a luminous bringing together of Peck's thoughts on good and evil, spiritual growth and the miracles worked by love.
Setting his first novel in the Midwestern community of New Warsaw, psychologist Peck ( The Road Less Traveled ) focuses on inmates of the Willow Glen nursing home. This small but fascinating world is soon disrupted by the murder of its most famous and charismatic resident, spastic quadriplegic Stephen Solaris, who taps messages with his knuckles on a letter board and is the only non-elderly resident. Ex-New Yorker Lt. Petri, a fresh recruit to the local police force, plunges into an investigation, armed with a fistful of preconceptions about nursing homes and seniors, and is saved from making a false arrest by the fortunate interference of residents Marion Grochowski and Georgia Bates. Petri admits his mistake and broadens his search, finally seeking help from Dr. Kolnietz, Willow Glen therapist. Peck's interest in the metaphysical is well placed in the nursing home setting, where death is an expected visitor. Yet the author's examination of virtue is more searching than his consideration of evil, and some characters experience unconvincing changes of heart. But that should not deter the reader from enjoying a generally intelligent look at human growth.