Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Book Review: THE REASONS by Kevin Craig

The ReasonsThe Reasons by Kevin Craig
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This dual POV story is a breakneck road trip to crazy town where the Reason family resides. Mom and dad are divorced, but that doesn't stop them from acting married or not as it suits Maggie and her ex-husband David. I couldn't stop myself from reading this practically in one sitting.

It will hold you at gunpoint. Literally.

The story unfolds from the perspective of Tobias Reason, the glue to the Reason family. Toby acts as a catalyst, setting in motion the turn of events that lead the reader to find the many reasons behind each member of the family and why they act the way they do.

Alternating chapters are from Maggie's perspective. While she's admittedly crazy, insane, or some unnamed form of bipolar (or similar mental health diagnosis), there are times Maggie appears more sane than Toby. I found myself questioning who was the real cause of crazy in this family.

Kevin Craig is not afraid to face these issues head on, and lay it all out for the reader, as if you are an honorary member of the family, and privy to all the crazy behind closed doors and pulled curtains. Once you start to pull at that insanity thread, be warned, you might not like all that you uncover.

I was amazed by this story and what it told me about the lengths a son is willing to go through to get his family back. A powerful read. 5/5 stars.

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