Release Date: January 5, 2016
Format: MP3 Audio
Pages: 320 (Hardudio Length: Approx 10.5 hours
Narrator: Peter Berkrot
Source: HighBridge Company
Genre: Fiction, Literary Fiction
Review Date: June 15, 2016
Rating: 3 bookmarks
Synopsis: Welcome to Spencerville, Virginia, 1977. Eight-year-old Rocky worships his older brother, Paul. Sixteen and full of rebel cool, Paul spends his days cruising in his Chevy Nova blasting Neil Young, cigarette dangling from his lips, arm slung around his beautiful, troubled girlfriend. Paul is happy to have his younger brother as his sidekick. Then one day, in an act of vengeance against their father, Paul picks up Rocky from school and nearly abandons him in the woods. Afterward, Paul disappears.
Seven years later, Rocky is a teenager himself. He hasn’t forgotten being abandoned by his boyhood hero, but he’s getting over it, with the help of the wealthy neighbors’ daughter, ten years his senior, who has taken him as her lover. Unbeknownst to both of them, their affair will set in motion a course of events that rains catastrophe on both their families. After a mysterious double murder brings terror and suspicion to their small town, Rocky and his family must reckon with the past and find out how much forgiveness their hearts can hold.
Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
At age 8 , Rocky is a sweet young boy idolizing his older brother while they sit in his room listening to music. I couldn't help but love Rocky who doesn't think of his half brother Paul, age 16, as a half brother, but as his brother. I also couldn't help but feel for Paul even as he betrays his young brother to get back at their father. Rocky and Paul have a unique sibling relationship and that's partially thanks to their parents.