Book synopsis(via Goodreads):
Ruth and her little brother, Aubrey, are just teenagers when their older brother ships off to Iraq. When Joseph returns, uninjured, only three and a half months later, Ruth is happy he is safe but also deeply worried. How can it be that her courageous big brother has been dishonorably discharged for refusing to go out on duty? Aubrey can’t believe that his hero doesn’t have very good reasons.
Yet as the horrifying details of the incident emerge, Joseph disappears. In their attempts to find him, Ruth and Aubrey discover he has a past far darker than either of them could imagine. But even as they learn more about their brother, important questions remain unanswered—why did he betray his unit, his country, and now his family? Joseph’s refusal to speak ignites a fire in young Aubrey that results in a disastrous, and public, act of rebellion.
The impact of Joseph’s fateful decision one night in Baghdad will echo for years to come, with his siblings caught between their love for him and the media’s engulfing frenzy of judgment. Will their family ever make their way back to each other and find a way to forgive?
***Many thanks to Net Galley and Lake Union Publishing for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. ***
This insomniac's opinion:
I love Catherine Ryan Hyde. She writes novels that resonate with me long after the last page is turned and this novel did not disappoint. However, this was not one of my favorites of hers.
As always, I loved the characters deeply and the story focused on broken people and the way that coming together can make us all stronger in the end. It was highly readable, just not as endearing as I expect from this incredible author.
Worth staying up all night to read?
A bit slow moving for an all night read, but worth reading none-the-less.