On paper, Chris Brennan looks perfect. He’s applying for a job as a high school government teacher, he’s ready to step in as an assistant baseball coach, and his references are impeccable.
But everything about Chris Brennan is a lie.
Susan Sematov is proud of her son Raz, a high school pitcher so athletically talented that he’s being recruited for a full-ride scholarship to a Division I college, with a future in major-league baseball. But Raz’s father died only a few months ago, leaving her son in a vulnerable place where any new father figure might influence him for good, or evil.
Heather Larkin is a struggling single mother who lives for her son Jordan’s baseball games. But Jordan is shy, and Heather fears he is being lured down a dark path by one of his teammates, a young man from an affluent family whose fun-loving manner might possibly conceal his violent plans.
Mindy Kostis succumbs to the pressure of being a surgeon’s wife by filling her days with social events and too many gin and tonics. But she doesn’t know that her husband and her son, Evan, are keeping secrets from her – secrets that might destroy all of them.
At the center of all of them is Chris Brennan. Why is he there? What does he want? And what is he willing to do to get it?
This is my first book by Lisa Scottoline. The description of the book caught my attention right away, I loved the book cover, and I’m always looking for a good mystery.
Right from the first paragraph I was intrigued. Chris is applying for a teaching job but he isn’t as he appears to be. He gets the job and befriends three of his students, Raz, Jordan, and Evan, and plans on using one of them – for what, we don’t know. Along with learning about the lives of these three boys we also learn about their families, specifically their moms who all seem to be dealing with some kind of personal struggle.
I always find it enjoyable when you’re reading a book and feel one way about a character, then a vital piece of information is revealed about them and what you thought you knew completely changes. The book is broken up into steps indicating that things will be intensifying and they did just that. I enjoyed the shorter chapters because they encourage you to read “just one more”. At the same time I feel like these shorter chapters, in combination with so many characters, did the story a disservice. I found it hard to really connect with any of the characters or storylines. I felt at times the story lost its focus, but held out hope that in the end it would all make sense. The last two-thirds of the book picked up for me and the flow felt much better. This may not be my favorite book of all time but I won’t hesitate to pick up another Lisa Scottoline book in the future.
Thank you NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, and Lisa Scottoline for an opportunity to read and review this book for my honest opinion.
My Rating: 3/5
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: 4/11/2017
Pages: 384 (eBook)
Do you have a favorite Lisa Scottoline book? I’d love to hear you recommendations.