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- Print Length: 499 pages
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- Publisher: Foyle Press; 1 edition (December 29, 2014)
- Publication Date: December 29, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00RM4VFN8
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R.H. Burkett: author
That act, which violated a whole lot of hospital rules, threatened Royce’s job. He found out that Hope was not his biological daughter, hence the mis-matched blood. Vanessa not only cheated on him, that many years ago, but kept it secret, which resulted in the death of Hope. What a complicated situation!
Will their marriage survive this drama? Will Royce lose his job because of breaking all the rules?Royce was put under investigation, and his best friends from childhood turned out to be his worse enemies. Will he ever forgive his wife for the betrayal? These were the questions that whirled around in my head as I read the story. I enjoyed this story, but for those typos that occurred once too many. A story this beautiful should have a more thorough editing.
This is the story of the Kellers, a family who by all appearances is chowing down on a big plate of the American dream with all the trimmings. The husband is a doctor. The wife does charity work. The three children--one of them the classic misfit teen--attend a prestigious private school. Their housekeeper/cook keeps their expensive digs clean and brews a mean cup of coffee. But when tragedy strikes, the veneer of well-adjusted happiness is peeled back in layers, and we get a good look at the inner workings of the Kellers--as a family and also as members of a community. Dysfunctions come to light. Past transgressions and new sins are trotted out for scrutiny. And it quickly becomes clear that the road to redemption for the Kellers is a rocky one.
Part medical mystery, part family drama, part tragedy...Type and Cross is all of these, yet more than the sum of its parts. I think what drew me in most was that the novel looks at the inner workings of a realistically flawed marriage, and does so without descending into a bunch of psycho babble or yuppie angst. It would have been easy to depict Royce and Vanessa as insipid upper class stereotypes. It would have been equally easy to let the plot descend into a frenzy of back-stabbing dysfunction. Troilo manages to avoid both pitfalls, choosing instead to depict realistically flawed characters. They are living, breathing characters that could jump off the page and sit down in your living room. There are no heroes, no villains, just ordinary people doing their best to keep it together in extraordinary circumstances.
And if any of that sounds like hyperbole, consider that I'm a guy way more likely to reach for Thomas Ligotti or Terry Pratchett than I am for John Updike or Richard Russo. How well written does a novel have to be for it to exist so far outside my comfort zone and still pull me along into its world? Troilo is a writer to keep your eye on.
This exceptional story takes the Keller family on a journey from grievous tragedy through redemption and healing. The reader experiences a rollercoaster of emotion through the eyes of the characters.
Dr. Royce Keller is Chief of Emergency Medicine, accomplished, well-respected, but growing every more distance from his family without realizing it. The Kellers—Royce, his wife Vanessa and their children--all exist in a world of detached perfection filled with charity events, prep schools, and social accolades.
When daughter Hope is in a traffic accident and arrives in Royce’s ER, that perfect world is about to shatter. The author does a masterful job of exploring human nature in the face of devastating tragedy. Secrets, betrayals and lies all come tumbling out, eroding the foundation of what appeared to be a perfect family.
Despite their flaws, Staci Troilo made me care about these characters and kept me anxiously turning the pages until I learned their outcome. Troilo wrung emotion after emotion from them—and me! Truly superb. I eagerly look forward to book 2, Out and About, and the continuing saga of the Kellers and Cathedral Lake.