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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,799 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Naseem Rakha Narrator: Carol Monda Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN:
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Award-winning broadcast journalist Naseem Rakha delivers a moving tale sure to elicit a deep emotional response from listeners.

Irene and Nate embark on a new life in Oregon with their two children, Bliss and Shep. But shortly after their move the family is devastated when Shep is gunned down by an intruder in their home. Irene struggles through the aftermath, awaiting the murderer's execution - but as time passes, she draws closer to a desperate and surprising act. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 2/19/2014

    " Dealing with grief, a family struggles to put itself back together again. In this tale of forgiveness, comes a story with a killer twist that sets this family on a path with uncertain outcomes. Highly recommended! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosa | 2/18/2014

    " This book will take you on a journey of the soul. Life will somehow be different after you read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/10/2014

    " Wow! This was a book club read that I was considering not reading as it sounded waaaaaay too depressing. But while the subject is heavy - family moves to a new state, son is killed by an intruder, remaining family barely holds on after the tragedy - the treatment is wonderful. It's a meditation on revenge, secrets, hope and forgiveness that left me feeling fully satisfied. It shows how forgiveness doesn't mean forgetting. Secrets can be the most toxic thing there is. Life can become meaningful again when you put aside the need for revenge. Very very, very highly recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hippity | 2/7/2014

    " Found this book lacked credibility, was depressing and moralistic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Grace Duryee | 2/6/2014

    " Just way too sad... But well-written and pretty enjoyable. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terryann | 2/1/2014

    " a long, wide, ranging story, spanning 20 years. i wasn't that into it, until half way through. it got to be a very emotional story, with a very surprising twist at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 1/30/2014

    " It was a good read. It deals with a murder, the death penalty and a mother's love for her son. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace | 1/28/2014

    " 15 year old Shep is shot and killed in an apparent robbery, and the story appears to be how the family copes; but things are not as they appear and many secrets have been kept. The family must face the truth and come to terms with their past. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 1/16/2014

    " An ok read about a family trying to deal with the murder of their son. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brittany Wilmes | 1/8/2014

    " So many readers and reviewers seemed to love this book, but I gave it a second and third try and just couldn't get past the elementary metaphors and caricatured stereotypes. It felt much too heavy-handed and plot-driven to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 1/1/2014

    " Exceptionally well written book dealing with a difficult subject. I finished it about a week ago and am still thinking about it. Very few novels create such an impression. Well worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Esoldra | 11/13/2013

    " A good read though there are parts where the writing does let it down, descriptions become nothing more than descriptions for the sake of them without fluidity. I feel that more emotional context could have been established prior to the death of Shep, as a reader, it did not grab me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dardee Layne | 11/10/2013

    " Good book, I liked how the author lets the reader be a pert of how each main character of the book deals with the death of Shep. I would recommend this friends looking for their next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irene | 11/10/2013

    " so far this book is about loss and a family's grief/ and death row. Not sure I can finish, will see how far I get in a book about forgiveness (I believe). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Coia | 10/15/2013

    " Good read half way through,it explores the bond between mother and child and the issue of capital punishment definately four out of five so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Perkimom | 10/12/2013

    " Definitely a different subject than I had expected. Each character is well defined and, actually, I'm disappointed the mother didn't get further in her knowledge that she would have loved and accepted her son for who he was. Surprises galore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candy Beardsley | 6/21/2013

    " I was expecting a "surprise twist", but never thought of THIS ONE! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 5/29/2013

    " Very compelling story that gets into the whole death penalty issue. Not the best written book, but the story itself is definitely better than the writing. It kept me interested and thinking about it, even after I finished the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kdevoli | 5/27/2013

    " This book about a family that moves from the midwest to Oregon, where their teenage son is murdered in a home invasion robbery, was riveting and ultimately suprising. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 10/30/2012

    " A real page-turner, well-explored emotions and with unexpected turns. An excellent story of pain, loss and reconciliation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Zacharias | 10/17/2012

    " Reads like non-fiction. Had to remind myself it was fiction. A book that will make you think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 7/26/2012

    " Written with such compassion and grace - it really makes you consider how much forgiveness is also part of the moving on... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexrebuck | 5/16/2012

    " Loved this book. Wonderfully drawn believable characters. Left me wondering how much we really know those we love or if we only love the image of them we accept. Does this then stop us ever knowing them and ourselves? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monika | 1/14/2012

    " Very interesting novel about loss and redemption. The author keeps you engaged through out the book though I have to say that I didn't quiet expect the twist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vickie Woods | 11/27/2011

    " I loved the Oregon setting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jolene | 10/12/2011

    " This book was just ok. It had unnecessary profanity that just didn't seem to flow with the book. It could have been told a lot better and without the obscenities. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy Heidemann | 8/14/2011

    " I was involved with the story and the characters. Thought the ending was a little too pat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eryn | 6/19/2011

    " A very good story, but sort of anti-climatic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carey Combe | 5/29/2011

    " I don't think I have ever sobbed as much as I have reading this gripping, beautifully told tale. Wonderful and compassionate without being mawkish and the author has a way of drawing you into each character's feelings. I loved this "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 5/22/2011

    " Loved this story with all it's drama and twists and turns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 5/19/2011

    " A quick but powerful read. Mostly suspenseful but the obvious foreshadowing was it's only downfall. Definitely a sad story and hit close to home with a mother losing her son but definitely recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Esoldra | 5/13/2011

    " A good read though there are parts where the writing does let it down, descriptions become nothing more than descriptions for the sake of them without fluidity. I feel that more emotional context could have been established prior to the death of Shep, as a reader, it did not grab me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 4/19/2011

    " The only reason I requested this book from the library was because the author is coming here in May. What a delight to have read such a compelling touching story. A story we can all relate to at some leverl. It's very well written and I highly recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 3/27/2011

    " This is a rich, compelling novel with pieces you want to read out loud to someone you love. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Reecejs | 3/5/2011

    " I liked this book. It got pretty repetitive and slow around the middle of the book, but interesting enough to keep going. I loved the lesson here...one I could do myself. I would recommend this book!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 3/1/2011

    " I liked the twists and turns in this book. Well written and it speaks to the modern families of today. This is a story that reiterates trying to maintain good, open communication with our children. A sad but moving story about love and ultimate forgiveness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 2/26/2011

    " Very good. A teenage boy is killed during a home invasion. After 19 years of sitting on death row his killer has been given an execution date. The dead boy's mother has always struggled with the death of her son and now reaches out to the condemned man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandi | 2/21/2011

    " Wonderful storyline. Surprising twists and turns. I never saw it coming! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ivy | 2/15/2011

    " This was an interesting book and I liked the way things weren't the way I expected them to be. However, I felt that the overall tone of the story got very heavy-handed towards the end. "

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