|Zoey Hawthorne has lost everything in the last year. Her marriage is over, her photography business gone because she can no longer pick up a camera, and she is tormented by a recurrent nightmare. A very real nightmare where she relived the moments that she watched her son die, helpless to do anything to save him. Now alone at a property in Colorado, left by a distant relative to her son, Zoey is drowning in pills and liquor, trying to forget, until a lightning strike takes a direct aim at her and changes her world forever.
Zoey has a lot of problems. Her son's death, her addictions, and her failure to stop her marriage from ending or to move on with her life are bad enough. After the lightning strike, she's hearing voices, seeing ghosts, dealing with a younger biker lover, an enabling ex-husband, and the ex's extraordinary girlfriend. Her personality, already acidic, turns more volatile and sarcastic after the accident. She's a hard character to like. After the story turns to more of a mystery, with the romance with her younger lover as the secondary story, the book improves somewhat. So does her likability as a person.
I did like the ending. The suspense builds up throughout the story and the final situation developed in a way I wasn't expecting at all. I think the ending was very well done and it tied all the storylines together the way a good book should. Early on, I had to get over my dislike of the character's self-destructive drinking and addiction to continue reading the story but Zoey's changes and improvements make the ending and the way the mystery is solved well worth reading on. Thumbs up.
Reviewer: Kathy F.
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