From the New York Times bestselling author comes a new novel of suspense about coming-of-age in the 1960s - and the neighborhood street where first love, a child abduction, and abuse collide.
Sixty-one-year-old Shelby Truman, a romance novelist, has received a request to visit her childhood friend, Eddie, who is on Death Row. Though mentally ill, Eddie is scheduled to be executed for the disturbing, brutal murders of his wife and unborn child.
As Shelby travels home to Texas for the unnerving reunion, she steps back into memories of her past, recalling her five-decade-long relationship with Eddie in order to understand what led the beautiful but troubled boy who lived across the street to become a murderer. Shelby and Eddie used to visit an abandoned fallout shelter in his backyard, their "secret hiding place" where they could escape Eddie's abusive father, enjoy innocent playtime, and, later, adolescent explorations. As they grow increasingly close, a tragedy occurs one July fourth, an event that sets in motion a lifelong struggle against an Evil - with a capital "E" - that has corrupted their all-American neighborhood.
With only a few days left for Eddie to live, Shelby braces herself for a reunion that promises to shed light on the traumatic events that transpired on her street, changing everything Shelby thought she knew about the boy on Chicory Lane.
©2017 Raymond Benson. (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
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1 out of 5 stars
By puggiesmom on 28-02-18

Unbelievable female character

The author created a stupid slut with no moral compass , common sense or instincts. It's not a good idea for this particular writer to write women as his characteristics are rather misogynistic and would fit male characters so much better.

The lack of knowledge of a Mental Health diagnoses and the ramifications of being unmedicated and dually diagnosed is incorrect as is his concept of criminally insane. The author's ability to recognize Evil but to not apply it to the main male character is a major issue.

The anti death penalty push for the main character is ridiculous and the vile concept that the protagonist continued to see the antagonist as a victim further defines her inability to be realistic or incredibly stupid.

Don't bother with this book.

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