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Review: The Way Home

April 21, 2009


Shortly after they were married, Thomas and Amanda Flynn had a baby girl, Kate, who lived for two days.   After a few more years of trying, they finally had a boy, Chris, who never could quite live up to the image of Kate that Thomas had in his mind.  Thomas would always think about what Kate would be doing, had she lived.  Chris quit trying to please his father and got into trouble for stealing, using and selling drugs, fighting and reckless driving.  He was finally sentenced to Juvenile Detention where he remarkably made some good friends and decided to turn his life around.

Upon his release, Chris and one of his friends from Juvenile Detention, Ben, went to work as carpet installers for Thomas’s flooring business.  Things were going along great until Ben and Chris discovered some cash hidden under the floor of one of the houses they were working in.  Chris and Ben decided to leave the money alone, but Ben couldn’t resist telling someone else about it.  The thugs who hid the money came back for it and when they didn’t find it, they assumed Ben and Chris had it.  When they come after  Chris and Ben for the money, chaos ensues.

The Way Home by George Pelecanos drew me in from the first paragraph.  It is a fast-paced, action packed thriller.  The characters are flawed, but so real – there were times I wanted to choke both Chris and Thomas.  The story goes much deeper than that – for me, it was the story of a family and how the son lived up to his father’s expectations of him.  It also made me think about the way our society treats it’s offenders and wonder if there isn’t a better solution.  I thought this book was great!  There are some mild sexual references and violence, but they are suitable for the storyline.  You can listen to George Pelecanos on Blog Talk Radio.

Review copy provided by Hachette Books.

35 Comments leave one →
  1. April 21, 2009 7:09 am

    Oh, great review! It truly sounds like a book that I would enjoy.

  2. April 21, 2009 7:30 am

    Nice review for a title I’ve seen on many blogs lately.

  3. April 21, 2009 7:36 am

    Great review; you have a sensitive thoughtful approach.

  4. April 21, 2009 8:13 am

    I enjoyed this book as well. I really appreciated Mr. Pelecanos after listening the the radio show!

  5. April 21, 2009 8:46 am

    I am in need of a good thriller! Thanks for the tip.

  6. April 21, 2009 9:43 am

    This book sounds really interesting. I don’t usually read thrillers, but I might have to give this one a try.

  7. April 21, 2009 10:10 am

    Nice review. Sounds like the book mixes teen angst with a thrilling story. By the way, do drop by my blog Advance Booking, I have a little gift for you here.

  8. April 21, 2009 10:30 am

    This sounds a lot better than the Turnaround. Then again, I thought the Turnaround sounded good.

    Is it more of a thriller than the Turnaround?

  9. April 21, 2009 11:36 am

    This sounds very good. Nice review. I will be looking for this one.

  10. April 21, 2009 11:53 am

    In my opinion, a great book should do more than just entertain the reader. It sounds like this one made you think outside the book to larger issues.

  11. April 21, 2009 12:47 pm

    I really enjoyed the one Pelecanos book I read and am eager to read more by the author. I am glad to hear you liked this one so much, Kathy!

  12. ann marie permalink
    April 21, 2009 12:51 pm

    I will have to give this book a try, thanks for the review. 🙂

  13. Carol permalink
    April 21, 2009 12:59 pm

    Thanks for the review. I’ll have to pick this one up.

  14. April 21, 2009 1:31 pm

    This sounds good — I have it in my TBR!

  15. April 21, 2009 1:53 pm

    I just won this one.. can’t wait to read.

  16. April 21, 2009 1:57 pm

    Great review – I hadn’t heard of this author before The Turnaround. I will need to read something by him soon!

  17. April 21, 2009 3:23 pm

    What you briefly mentioned about our justice system.. I thought that too when I read True Notebooks by Saltzman. There must be a better way, but I suppose a better way would take a lot more money and no one seems to have much of that to spare these days.

  18. April 21, 2009 4:11 pm

    I could easily see this as an old black and white film. Sounds like a good story!

  19. April 21, 2009 4:48 pm

    I haven’t read any Pelecanos, but we’re reading the Turnaround for my book club. Thanks for the review!

  20. April 21, 2009 8:43 pm

    Sounds like a richly layered book–not sure I could handle the thriller nature (I’m a wimp!), but it does sound intriguing.

  21. April 21, 2009 9:04 pm

    I love flawed but real characters. Sounds like a book that I could enjoy!! Excellent review!!

  22. April 21, 2009 10:40 pm

    i love when books draw me in from the word go…and when i get so invested in the characters that i root for them or want to cause them bodily harm! good review…you make this one sound like a winner!

  23. April 21, 2009 10:59 pm

    Sounds like a great thriller – I’ve never read any of his work. I’ll have to add this to my wish list. My ever-growing wish list…

  24. April 22, 2009 1:21 am

    hmmm…fast paced action packed thriller. Sounds great. I am not a fan of the title though. It’s nice but it’s too common. It would probably skip out of my mind if I don’t put it on my wishlist which I will do immediately. Thanks for the review Kathy.

  25. April 22, 2009 4:50 am

    Hmm, sounds like a good book to me!

  26. April 22, 2009 8:12 am

    Great review, Kathy! I’m glad you liked it. I’m really looking forward to reading it. It’s coming up soon on my review schedule.

  27. April 22, 2009 10:49 am

    I’m adding this to my list. I’m glad you like it. Don’t ya love when a book grabs you at the beginning and you know you’re gonna like it?!

  28. stacybuckeye permalink
    April 22, 2009 11:13 am

    Sounds good. Loved the review 🙂 I’m adding it to my list.

  29. April 22, 2009 11:18 am

    Nice review Kathy. This one sounds really good. I’ve seen his other one around a lot; it doesn’t appeal to me as much as this one. Glad you liked it.

  30. April 23, 2009 12:23 pm

    sounds like a great book…thanks for the review!

  31. April 23, 2009 8:04 pm

    This sounds intriguing. I’ll keep my eye out for it.

  32. April 23, 2009 10:05 pm

    This does sound good, I like that it seems to be a mixture of thriller/suspense along with a good look at the way a family relates to one another.

  33. April 23, 2009 11:52 pm

    After reading The Turnaround and now reading your review I definitely want to read this. Thanks!

  34. April 24, 2009 11:11 pm

    Wow! This sounds great!

  35. May 4, 2009 9:51 pm

    I’ve never read anything by this author, but you’re review has me thinking I should give this one a try at some point.


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