Genre: Contemporary, Adult
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Source: Review copy was sent free of charge via TLC Books and Mira.
Synopsis: A moving and evocative exploration of grief and guilt in the wake of one family's devastating loss. When former DC journalist Abigail Wolff attempts to rehabilitate her career, she finds herself at the heart of a US army cover-up involving the death of a soldier in Afghanistan—with unspeakable emotional consequences for one family. As the story of what happened comes to light, Abigail will do anything to write it.
The more evidence she stumbles upon in the case, the fewer people it seems she can trust, including her own father, a retired army general. And she certainly never expected to fall in love with the slain soldier's brother, Gabe, a bitter man struggling to hold his family together. The investigation eventually leads her to an impossible choice, one of unrelenting sacrifice to protect those she loves. Beyond the buried truths and betrayals, questions of family loyalty and redemption, Abigail's search is, most of all, a desperate grasp at carrying on and coping—and seeking hope in the impossible.
- The Ones We Trust is a moving novel - Abigail Wolff attempts to turn her career around, she finds herself at a US army cover up that involves the death of a solider in Afghanistan. The more evidence Abigail seems to find, the more tangled she is in the case. She begins to trust less people, including her own father who is a retired army general. She falls in love with the slain solider's brother, Gabe who of course is a bad, bitter man. Although, he is struggling to hold his family together. Abigail is surrounded by betrayals, loyalty, and questions everywhere. This book reminded me a lot of the hit television show Scandal, and the genre the book is written for is fantastic. This is not a heavily dramatic book, the length of the book is kept fair and intriguing throughout the end. Abigail's character is likeable, and she is a character the reader can connect with. I was fond of her ideas, and how she believes in the truth and justice. Gabe reminded me of an "angry young man," although, eventually he does grows on you as a genuine person as the story further develops. The romance between these two characters was in fact, swoon worthy. You can easily see their chemistry, although I personally feel the angry, bad boy image has been used way too often.
- There are many twists and turns in the story, some I didn't even expected at all, but others seem to be a bit predictable which actually took away from the story. The plot was intriguing, and it was hard to put down the novel. I enjoyed reading the book from the first chapter to the end. The secondary characters added to the story as well, everyone in the novel doesn't seem simple but rather complex which was unique to the novel. The forgiveness and hope aspects were likeable, and I'm glad the writer touched on them. The presentation: cover, and title are beautiful. This is a novel about trust and more monologue than the author's previous work. The ending was satisfying, and I understand why the author wrote it in such a way. I would rate this novel 3.5 stars.
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