4.0 out of 5 stars
By Susan Kotch on September 4, 2016
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Mike Dobbs was stuck in a rut, in both his job on Wall Street and in his love life. He knew he needed something to get himself out of it, and it came in the form of 9/11. Stuck in the subway as the event unfolded, he emerged to find that his neighborhood and the New York City that he knew so well was forever changed. He decided to leave that disaster behind to find himself again, but instead of finding peace, he found himself in the middle of his own nightmare in upstate New York.
The author paints a vivid picture of the 9/11 disaster and its aftermath and captures the emotional turmoil of survivors who were forced to pick up the pieces of their lives afterwards. As the main character struggles to deal with his own demons, he leaves his home in New York City to find solace in his run-down vacation home, where he is asked by a friend to do a favor for a woman and her daughter who are in a domestic abuse situation. He offers his home as a safe haven for a few days until they can be moved by an underground group called The Railroad, but instead he is pulled in for the long haul. Throw in a string of kidnappings, a stalking, some mysterious postcards, and a road trip that takes him all across New England, and you will find yourself just as emotionally involved and exhausted as the main character. This debut novel by Neil Douglas Newton is an intriguing story of abuse and survival, and you’ll find yourself cheering for Mike Dobbs to finally find the peace and happiness he deserves.