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The story begins as Blair Van Howe is driving his friend and colleague, Danny Moran, home after a celebration for a big legal victory. Danny is passed out drunk when Blair hits another car, seriously injuring the other driver.
Van Howe uses Danny's phone to call 911, and moves Danny into the driver's seat, then flees the scene. The next day, he is scheduled to announce his candidacy for the U.S. Congress, and this would derail his career, which would make his wife and her politically powerful father angry.
Danny has no idea what happened; the last thing he remembers is drinking in the hotel bar. He knows he has a problem with alcohol, but he has never gotten behind the wheel of a car after drinking.
The rest of this fast-paced novel follows the ascent of Blair Van Howe, whom everyone thinks is the next Golden Boy of politics, and the descent of Danny Moran, who loses his job, his wife, and for awhile his freedom, after the driver of the other car dies.
After Danny's loyal daughter begs her dad to get help, he becomes involved in Alcoholics Anonymous. The author says that his father, an alcoholic who got sober and devoted his life to helping others, was the inspiration for Danny. He clearly understands the life of an alcoholic, as he describes Danny's life:
"Even after nearly ten years of sobriety, Danny still craved routine in his life, and the flexible job hours enabled him to live that way. He made his to-do lists every day and followed them with uncompromising discipline. He drank his soft drinks and ate his snacks precisely in accordance with his schedule.Read more ›
When No One Is Watching might appear at first to be a straightforward detective story, but, in fact, has far deeper and more lasting implications. The dramatic irony of the plot, in terms of which we, as readers, know who, in fact, has perpetrated the crime, means that we can view the police investigation of the crime from an omniscient standpoint. The focus, accordingly, is on the interplay between the different characters involved and on the multidimensionality of their psyches rather than on the unraveling of the plot as such. Not that the book is not exciting--it most definitely is, and deeply intriguing, too. The pace of the writing is fluid and fast, engaging the reader from start to finish. The work is also so well written that one can read it in a single sitting--many readers will no doubt feel like sitting up all night reading the novel, so take care when you choose to read it (a weekend would be the best!).
All of the characters, including a child who suffers from Down's Syndrome, are portrayed with empathy and understanding.Read more ›
Blair is shaken by the incident, and realises that it could have serious consequences for his political aspirations. Blair arranges the scene as though Danny was driving, anonymously calls 911 and then flees the scene. Blair successfully secures political office, while Danny has to live with the consequences of the accident. Blair and others have invested a lot of effort in keeping his dark secret hidden away, but some of the evidence still exists and may still expose him: a considerable risk as Blair's political aspirations continue to expand.
But how does it end? Does Blair get his comeuppance, and does Danny ever learn the truth? And what difference will it make to both of their lives?
I enjoyed this novel: there were a number of different issues to explore and consider as the story unfolded and the characterizations depicted multi-faceted and flawed human beings. Significant themes in the novel include overcoming dependency and taking personal responsibility. The story is part thriller and part cautionary tale dealing with various moral and ethical issues in a contemporary setting. The book also includes a set of discussion questions which can be used to explore some of the issues raised.
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Overall it was a meaningful story with a great lesson, but it moved a little slow. Easy casual read with a moral lessonPublished 7 days ago by Stacy Ebersole
I expected a bit more mystery than the books title implies. Tho the book held my interest, I'm not sure I would read this author again.Published 9 days ago by jimslaffingirl
Excellant! I recommend it to everyone. This book is about decisions and consequences, each decision has consequences, some have good results and some have bad results. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Surfinsal
As retired LEO and a struggling writer, I chose to read this book based on the story line of politics and corruption in our justice system. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Conservative in Excile
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This book really took me by surprise. I thought it was thought provoking and proved to be a very emotional read. I will definitely read more by this author.Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer