Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Amazon.com link for Hit List
Sanity is not something you lose, like your car keys or that elusive sock in the dryer. That's what Ian believed before his mother stepped over the edge from sane to crazy. No one is able to give Ian a reasonable explanation. Corinne suffers from severe memory loss, odd behavior, and paranoid delusions. Or at least Ian had been told they were delusions. After all, who would be hiding outside watching his mother? And why? Ian hires private investigator Lucianna Martel to retrace the events of his mother's last sane day. During Lucianna's investigation, she and Ian learn that Corinne may not be so crazy after all.
I have been fortunate lately to find books to review that I really enjoy. Hit List by Darcia Helle is one of those books. I love stories that emphasize strong family relationships. Corrine is suffering from a mental illness, and despite advice to have her institutionalized, Ian has chosen to care for her at home. There is also a nice romance that develops during the story.
Although I didn’t quite buy that the mental illness was brought on by the sudden event, it doesn’t matter. The book is good enough to give the author license to bend our imagination a little. She did prove the old saying, “Even paranoids have enemies! ” There is a lot of bad language, but in fairness, it is just the bad guys (I’m mean REALLY bad guys) that use it. There are lots of twists in this interesting story that will surprise the reader and keep you wondering until the end.