A new mother cradles the newborn in her arms. Clutching an old, faded clothespin tightly in his tiny hand, the baby stares up at her as she lovingly whispers promises in the darkened room.
Alex seems to be living the life: sharing a modern home with her handsome boyfriend, she’s considered one of the best, most dedicated child protection caseworkers in her agency and is generally well-liked by all.
Ruth has not been as fortunate: in and out of abusive relationships, substance addiction, on the wrong side of the law and now, on the run from a sketchy drug dealer, fearing for her life and the life of her unborn baby.
These sisters share a tragic childhood event. One knows the truth, the other thinks she does. But both ran from their tragic past, buried it way down deep and estranged from each other, dealt with it in their separate ways.
Until Ruth shows up at Alex’s door, 10 years later, pregnant and needing help.
Alex is torn between sending Ruth away and being there for her and the baby.
Written from the narratives of both sisters, Nay does a compelling job of swaying the reader’s sympathies from Alex to Ruth, and back - until just when you think you’ve got it, do you?
Nay brings to the forefront the very difficult circumstances that plague our social work system today but delivers it with respectful skill and possibly sheds some light on them.
With a riveting storyline, believable characters, gripping twists, Nay engages the reader to hungrily rush-read to the end and then, it’s a fall-off-the-edge-of-your-seat finish.
You will read the first and last page, twice…
Hurry Home is one of 2020’s absolute must-reads.
Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books, for the read of Roz Nay’s, Hurry Home.
Opinions expressed in my reviews are my own.