Friday, March 11, 2011

"The Promises She Keeps" by Erin Healy

Two women in search of immortality; one because she has had a terminal illness all of her life and wants to be remembered, the other because of greed. Will either of them find the real answer to life everlasting? Promise is a singer who has cystic fibrosis. She goes through the treatments to stay alive hoping that she will have one big break that will enable people to know she lived. But, when Zack enters her life, she meets with many freak accidents that threaten to take her life just as her break is happening. Portia is an older woman looking to the "gods and goddesses" for immortality. She turns away from the true God, driving her son (Zack) to his own ruinous behavior. Is Promise the one she has been searching for? Is either woman's death more imminent than she thinks? Chelsea and Chase are twins who share a home because Chase has autism and Chelsea provides care for the brother she loves. What do Chase's drawings have to do with the others in the book? What does the statue of the boy at the gallery have to do with them? This story has many twists and turns to keep a reader interested!

This book was a great joy to read. I love a book that keeps my attention with interconnections between characters, things I have to try to figure out before the author gives me the final piece. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy novels that make you think and keep you guessing.

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