If you asked her, Helen would tell you she’s a functioning alcoholic. Lately, though, it’s taking more and more alcohol to function. In fact, to be able to work as a vet (she owns her own practice), she has to start drinking during the day. And one night, she’s driving home from the bar and gets in an accident.
Meanwhile, Edgar’s life is perfect. He has a job he loves, a great marriage and his wife is pregnant. And then one night, he and his wife are driving home and they get in an accident.
Not surprisingly, this accident—that kills Edgar’s wife—devastates Helen. She decides to get sober and joins AA. But she’s having trouble with the ninth step—the one about making amends. She goes to see Edgar (not telling him who she really is) and they quickly fall for each other.
And then one day, she gets a note in the mail. “Does he know that you killed his wife?”
This was an interesting book. I’d heard good things about Grant Jerkins and I really liked the premise.
This book felt a little rushed to me (it’s under 300 pages) and I’m not sure how Edgar—who was so destroyed by his wife’s death that he kept creating charts to try and determine who was responsible and who visited the police station ALL THE TIME—would remarry in less than a year.
But even though I didn’t particularly buy into that aspect of it, I did enjoy the book. The chapters are short, and it was very hard to put down.