Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Faultlines - #TeaserTuesday and First Chapter / First Paragraph / Tuesday Intros

    Maybe it's because I have a son or because I was born and raised in Texas or maybe because the man character's name is Sandy, but Barbara Taylor Sissel's Faultlines spoke to me deeply. The story tells of a family torn apart by an automobile accident in which Sandy's son was believed to have been driving. Drinking was involved. He and his passengers were seriously injured, one of them fatally. The wreck has far-reaching consequences. 
   If you enjoy books that delve into family relationships in true-to-life situations, you'll enjoy Faultlines too. I definitely recommend it.
FYI: I saw no errors or typos in this book, which I always appreciate.


First Paragraph:
     Jordy wasn't dead.
     Sandy plucked that single fact from the sea of information she was hearing from the police sergeant, and she clung to it as tightly as she clung to the phone. Behind her, she felt the bed shift when Emmett sat up. She felt his warmth, his sleepy unawareness - his beforeness, and she envied him. "What is it?" he asked, and he was close enough that his breath on her bare shoulder made her shiver.

Teaser (from 28% on my Kindle):
    But there had always been so much goodness in her life, enough that at times she felt compelled to apologize: I'm sorry my childhood was so happy, stable, abundant. It was only after she learned that the one blessing she longed for most - a child - would be denied her that she thought there was a price for having been given so much when she was young, that possibly there was such a thing as too much good, too much joy.

Genre: Women's Fiction / Mystery
Book Length: 305 Pages
Amazon Link: Faultlines
Author Website: Barbara Taylor Sissel

Synopsis (from Amazon):
It’s the phone call every parent dreads: in the middle of the night, Sandy Cline learns that her twenty-year-old son, Jordan, has been in a car accident. Her nephew, Travis, was also in the car, along with Travis’s girlfriend. All three are alive—but barely. The car was smashed against a tree along a remote and winding road, beautiful but deadly, in their rural Texas Hill Country town.
In the wake of the car crash, the close-knit family is tested like never before. Jenna, Travis’s mother, blames Jordan—as well as her sister, Sandy—after reports surface that Jordan had been driving. As the young adults struggle to survive, tension between their parents escalates. But when trust is broken and a shocking family secret is exposed, it creates a perfect storm of harrowing consequences. Rumors in the small town spread like wildfire. When details of the accident are questioned, Sandy and Jenna wonder if their family has been destroyed beyond repair.
As always, there’s much more to the story…if the family is to survive, they will have to come together to confront the terrible truth and overcome their pain. But are some betrayals unforgivable?

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11 comments:

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, I so loved this book! Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

Klara S said...

Sounds interesting.

Alice Audrey said...

They say you appreciate it more once you've lost the good things in life. I think you appreciate it more once you get them back.

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

I like the sound of this one. Thanks for sharing it and for visiting my blog. Hope 2018 is off to a good start for you, reading and otherwise.

Margot said...

I do like stories of family relationships, but what convinces me to read a book is when someone tells me it spoke ro them. Thanks for recommending it.

Yvonne said...

I'm going to add this to my list. It sounds like something I'd like.

Nise' said...

I've read such good reviews for this book.

S J Higbee said...

Oh my goodness - WHAT a fascinating premise! I really do love the sound of this one. Thank you for swinging by, Sandra:)

carol said...

Sounds interesting, although family drama is not usually my thing.

Kelly Marshall said...

Like Carol above stated, family drama is not something I would normally read, but the writing is excellent. I can feel her dread.

Charlie Anderson said...

Sounds very familiar to an accident one of my own family members was in. I'd read just because of that element.