Book Synopsis(via Goodreads):
The optimism of the early sixties, infused with the excitement of the space race and the menace of the Cold War, is filtered through the rich imagination of high-spirited, eight-year-old Madeleine, who welcomes her family's posting to a quiet Air Force base near the Canadian border. Secure in the love of her beautiful mother, she is unaware that her father, Jack, is caught up in a web of secrets. When a very local murder intersects with global forces, Jack must decide where his loyalties lie, and Madeleine will be forced to learn a lesson about the ambiguity of human morality -- one she will only begin to understand when she carries her quest for the truth, and the killer, into adulthood twenty years later.
This Insomniac's Opinion:At over 800 pages, reading this novel is an investment of time. I realize that many will not choose to read this novel due to the length. I assure you, however, that it is so very worth the investment!
Impeccably, emotionally written with beautifully well fleshed-out characters that the reader finds herself rooting for and hoping for and, eventually, feels as if they are family. The transition from the past to the present was jarring, but I quickly fell back in love with Madeline as in adult, flaws and all.
It was a very honest portrayal of the life-long ramifications of evil in childhood and how it challenges every nuance of your life. I cried so many times that I lost count and was deeply saddened to turn the last page. Oh.my.heart.
Worth staying up all night to read?
YES! Lay that box of Kleenex right next to you in your bed.