Thursday, June 9, 2011

An Uncertain Refuge

 Carolyn J. Rose is a brilliant author. In her latest book, An Uncertain Refuge, she strums tension as taunt as a tight-rope walker's wire, leaving the reader ready to gasp at every misstep.

   An Uncertain Refuge  is not your traditional mystery, it is more a statement on the horrific and tragic lineage of domestic violence. It is, at times, a painful book to read. Kate Dalton, her own childhood marred by a different sort of trauma, is caught in a web of incontrovertible revenge as she strives to shield the child, Way-Ray, from the raw abuse and terror his mother endured. It is a story of courageous love and bitter hatred. The characters clearly crafted from the handicapped, alcoholic handyman, the compassionate motel maid, to the strange old woman who cares for wounded animals.

It is a book hard to put down, especially when dreaded events occur and the human master of violence unleashes its wrath.  It is also a book that will, for a long time, haunt your memory. 


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  1. I loved this book! And, no, I'm not related to Carolyn. :) Deep and rich writing that satisfies on many levels. Curl up with this great read. Susan

  2. Ahhhh. Allene, I'll bet you can see me blush half way across the continent.

  3. I'm with you, Allene, about Carolyn, though I haven't gotten to read REFUGE yet. I absolutely can't wait.

  4. Your haunting description and the subsequent comments make a compelling case for this book. Liz