By Glen Barrera on September 3, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified PurchaseThis book came as a surprise. Sure, I saw the cover, read the blurb, but didn’t expect the quality of the writing or the clever storyline. When an old girlfriend calls Mike Dobbs, a successful Wall Street mover and shaker, and asks for money to get her and her daughter away from an abusive husband, he agrees. And so begins The Railroad. What works in this story is the effective way the author uses the tragedy of 9/11, and the trauma of Mike Dobbs, who finds himself stuck on a subway train as the buildings collapse, to detail Mike’s gradual, alcoholic decline. Living by himself in his beaten-down country house, wallowing in depression and single malt, another phone call will bring a mother and daughter, running from her husband, into his life. The Railroad picks up steam as Mike attempts to relate to his new housemates. I also liked the way Newton unfolds the legal issues of women who suspect their husbands of child abuse, and a stifling court system that forces many to search for illegal alternatives – like The Railroad. The story is paced well and there were enough twists and turns to keep me guessing and turning pages. The writing, at times, reminded me of DeMille. All in all, I really liked, and would recommend, this book.