Sunday, June 24, 2012

Right Behind You by Gail Giles

Wade has a secret that is unforgivable. First of all, his name isn't really Wade. Second, he murdered another child when he was  nine. All he remembers is tossing gas on the kid, flicking open the lighter,  then seeing the flames. After several years in a mental facility, the court says  that he's ready to reenter society, but society doesn't want him. Painted as a  monster, his family must move and assume a new identity to protect themselves.  Unfortunately, the bad thing about secrets is that they always seem to make  themselves known. 

Gail Giles does a masterful job of presenting a crime  that could have been ripped from the headlines, and showing the mportance of forgiveness and redemption. She uses the characters to discuss the difference  between accountability and guilt to show that one mistake, no matter how fatal,  should not define a person if they are willing to learn from it. She also shows  that it's never too late for a fresh start and that hatred feeds the  self-destructive ghost more than any person ever could.  

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