Summary (from Goodreads):
“Hanna Schutt never suspected that her younger daughter’s happiness would lead to her husband’s death and the destruction of their family. When Dawn brings her new boyfriend home from college for a visit, her parents and sister try to hide their doubts because they’re glad that Dawn – always an awkward child – appears to have grown into a confident, mature young woman in her relationship with Rud. But when Hanna and her husband, Joe, are beaten savagely in their bed, Rud becomes the chief suspect and stands trial for Joe’s murder.
Claiming her boyfriend’s innocence, Dawn estranges herself from her mother, who survived the attack with serious injuries and impaired memory. When Rud wins an appeal and Dawn returns to the family home saying she wants to support her mother, Hanna decides to try to remember details of that traumatic night so she can testify to keep her husband’s murderer in jail, never guessing that the process might cause her to question everything she thought she knew about her daughter.”
I absolutely love this book. I love the fact that my assumptions about what was true kept changing as we learned new things and how Hanna is accidentally an unreliable narrator.
I can’t even imagine what life is like for Hanna. Her husband was brutally murdered in an attack that also almost killed her and did leave her disfigured. Her two children don’t speak and it also becomes almost impossible for her to have a relationship with both of them. (Obviously that’s because Dawn is a suspect in the murder/attempted murder and, while Hanna believes that she’s innocent, her other daughter Iris does not).
The story is full of unexpected occurrences and I will admit to spending most of my time seriously afraid for Hanna and at the same time hoping that she was right and that Dawn had nothing to do with it (because let’s face it, she’s been through more than enough).
I cannot wait to read future books by Jessica Treadway.