- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 21, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1468097350
- ISBN-13: 978-1468097351
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,168 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,057,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Adam J Nicolai lives near Minneapolis, MN with his wife, Joy, and their two children, Isaac and Rydia. He is a life-long nerd, game lover, author, Star Wars fan, Dungeon Master, and amateur game designer, as well as a former project manager and policy debate coach.
He has written four novels: Alex, Rebecca, Todd, and Children of a Broken Sky. All are available in both e-book and paperback.
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Top Customer Reviews
Ian Colmes is going through a terrible period of his life--and it's about to get a hell of a lot worse--before it gets better. I guessed the ending a good way before it was revealed, but only because it was the ONLY ending I could think of that would be satisfying. The last hour of this book in reading time is intense. All the credit in the world to Mr. Nicolai for pulling off that intense of an ending. He should put a warning on it--if you have a weak heart, you may want to skip this!
What I loved about this book was the way Ian--a really ordinary guy--screwed up the courage to face Evil Personified out of love for his child. That is my takeaway. I don't know if that's what the author intended, but that's what I felt, when I finished it. There are so many books out there. This is one of the few that truly has a HEART.
Since this book is written in a very close third person POV, I don't really understand complaints about lack of character development. Ian is the main focus here. This is purely HIS quest. That said, I would have liked to see more scenes--maybe a flashback--to explain his estrangement from his wife. She came across as a heartless rhymes-with-witch to me. There is one scene in the book where Ian is less than fair to her. But I don't think it was enough for her to abandon him. I would have liked to see some more interaction between them so that I could judge for myself whether she was justified in leaving him during this difficult time in his life.
While on the subject of flashback, I should point out that Mr. Nicolai's handling of Ian's flashbacks with Alex was perfect. You didn't even notice it, and that's saying something, when the story had to rely heavily on the past to prop it up. The mystery was masterfully handled throughout the story.
And the resolution was quite satisfying. If you're reading this review, trust me--you won't be sorry if you read this book. It's the best one I've read this year so far.
I will be recommending this book to family and friends!
I will buy the paperback now to add this book to my library at home.
But it’s so much more.
Losing a child can be the worst experience a parent can go through. Living through the horror and actually seeing your dead child every damn day can drive a man to the brink of insanity.
Ian lost his five-year, Alex, to a kidnapper who tortured, raped and finally killed the boy some time before the book actually begins. Ian’s life becomes hellish when he starts to see Alex around his house. Not helping his miserable existence is the fact that his wife, Alina, has left him and is living separately. His work life is crumbling, his marriage is failing and he is a self-diagnosed schizophrenic for seeing and hearing Alex in his house. But is he?
I can see clearly why this book has a 4.05 star average on Goodreads. There is nothing—and I mean absolutely nothing—that I would change about this book. Ian’s pain, his confusion, his guilt, it’s there.
The writing itself is fast-paced, gripping and it will be heart-wrenching if you’re a parent yourself. That being said, those of us who aren’t are going to be taken aback by pretty hard by the sympathy you’re going to feel for Ian. He’s not only a grieving father. He’s a man that’s lost almost everything he has—all at once. That alone is enough to drive someone crazy but the fact that Ian never once gives up is commendable.
The characters—although some were unnecessary—did a good job supporting the book in the non-suspense scenes. All the while, there are real life situations that you can relate with. The characters in the book were very much like people you would meet—a tiresome, irritating office co-worker, an assholic boss a good friend.
The book ended well. Really well. For someone who was absolutely hopeless throughout the book for Ian’s fate, I was pleasantly surprised by it’s end. It was absolute torture having to read Ian’s state of mind considering how distraught he was throughout the book, but it was well worth it.
If you’re a parent, this book might be difficult for you to read, and might stress you out concerning the safety of your child. Regardless, this is an excellent book well worth the hours you put into it.