The Ones We Trust - Kimberly Belle
A moving and evocative exploration of grief and guilt in the wake of one family's devastating loss.
When former DC journalist Abigail Wolff attempts to rehabilitate her career, she finds herself at the heart of a US army cover-up involving the death of a soldier in Afghanistan -- with unspeakable emotional consequences for one family. As the story of what happened comes to light, Abigail will do anything to write it.
The more evidence she stumbles upon in the case, the fewer people it seems she can trust, including her own father, a retired army general. And she certainly never expected to fall in love with the slain soldier's brother, Gabe, a bitter man struggling to hold his family together. The investigation eventually leads her to an impossible choice, one of unrelenting sacrifice to protect those she loves.
Beyond the buried truths and betrayals, questions of family loyalty and redemption, Abigail's search is, most of all, a desperate grasp at carrying on and coping -- and seeking hope in the impossible.
You know what this book feels like? An episode of Scandal!! The great thing about this book is that at 288 pages, it's the perfect length to cover so much material. My copy also came with a Reader's Guide at the end, which I always appreciate because sometimes I think about parts of the book a little differently once I go through that. It's always a nice added bonus.
The story centers around Abigail, who was a fantastic journalist who ended up giving the excitement up after a pretty great story led to tragic consequences. She questions her judgement, and in fear, retreats to a boring world of content curator for a website designed around senior citizens. Though she has retreated, there are people who try to lure her back. One being the son of someone involved in the story that stunted her exciting career- he wants to know what really happened to his mother and provides Abigail with interesting information. More pressing is Gabe. Gabe lost his famous brother in Afghanistan and he believes there is something far more sinister at play with his brother's death than what the Army reported to them. With Abigail's ties to the Army, specifically the unit Gabe's brother was in, Gabe (who hates journalists and was none too pleased to find out Abigail was one) decides Abigail is going to get the answers him and his family need.
Unfortunately, when the mystery is uncovered, it's not at all what they wanted. Though it can be argued if any outcome would have been sufficient for them, but the outcome here is far more tragic than they could have imagined. It also answers so many questions at the same time.
The characters are so great, the relationships are true and realistic, and I really loved watching it all grow together. Because while we have Abigail trying to figure it all out, we also see the beginning of a relationship between Abigail and Gabe and it's so great. I so highly recommend this one. It's not too much thriller, it's not too much romance, it's the perfect blend of it all and I thoroughly enjoyed this!
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Lucky for you, I have one copy to give away (US/CANADA only). All you have to do is comment below with a recent favorite book you've read! That's it! I'll draw a winner on Monday, August 3!