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The Barnes family is a close family. Claire and Jack work together at Barnes Construction and she also is an artist. She always makes it home in time to meet the school bus and provide a structured evening for her son, Ian and daughter, Kayla. Although the economy is playing havoc with the business, they are still able to give their children all they need. Claire has even begun taking classes at the nearby college. Professor Colombo is a visiting art professor and has nothing but flattering things to say about her work. She has painted a picture of her daughter and he is suitably impressed. She gets into a conversation with him and it makes her run late getting home. She lets Ian know so he can watch Kayla for a few minutes. She is speeding and is stopped by the police to be given a ticket. Now she is even later.
As she nears her house, she sees flashing lights and an ambulance. Kayla has been hit by a car driven by Sarah Levine. Sarah was blinded by the sun and couldn’t see Kayla run out into the street to catch a football thrown by Ian. S he sees nothing but Kayla and as the ambulance doors close on her and Kayle, she calls to Ian and asks him how he could have allowed it to happen as he was to have been watching her. After all, he is 17 and she was only 12. During the wait to see what happens to Kayla, she blames herself for being late and even flirting with her professor. How can she forgive herself?
After Kayla’s death, things just keep going downhill. Ian blames himself and thinks his mother blames him. Claire blames herself and can’t seem to get a grip on life again. Jack is caught in the middle of the two and has to referee while grieving himself.
Their world is shattered and torn apart after an accident that takes the life of their daughter. They each try to cope with her death in their way. Unfortunately this tears the family apart.
This was a tough read, I'll be honest. The writer tells their story by switching the points-of-view. You get dad's viewpoint, mom's viewpoint and even Ian's. I think the biggest lesson you can take from this book is that communication is absolutely everything. While it was a tough read it does have a happy ending.