Thursday, December 9, 2010

When No One Is Watching

When No One Is Watching
by Joseph Hayes

From the Book: When Danny Moran is roused from a drunken stupor, he finds himself behind the wheel of his Porsche looking at a grisly accident scene. It seems clear to him and everyone else that he was the cause of the fatal wreck, and he is left to face life-altering consequences: criminal prosecution, financial ruin, public disgrace and an overpowering sense of guilt.

Unbeknownst to Danny, he didn’t cause the accident. His best friend and aspiring politician, Blair Van Howe, was driving Danny’s car that night because Danny had drunk himself into oblivion. Knowing that Danny was prone to alcohol-induced memory blackouts, and panicked at the prospect of seeing his promising political career explode in scandal, Blair made it appear that the accident was Danny’s fault and fled the scene. While Danny struggles to pick up the pieces of his shattered life, Blair’s political career takes on a meteoric trajectory, as he rises from Chicago’s South Side to become a beloved and fabulously successful figure on the national stage. But when a dogged detective digs deeper into the case, Blair must decide just how far he is willing to go to keep his dark secret.

When No One is Watching is both a page-turning thriller and a poignant tale of a man’s search for meaning and redemption in the face of cruel and overwhelming personal hardship. It explores the impact of guilt on the human mind and heart, and searches for inspiration and heroism in unexpected places. Among other thought-provoking questions, author Joseph Hayes asks, is “the greater good” just a lie we tell ourselves to justify the sins we commit when no one is watching? -taken from the official book description

Read an excerpt here

From me: I was impressed at how well the author spanned 10 years in 320 pages and I didn't get lost once. The storyline moved smoothly and clearly and it was interesting to read not only the anatomy of a lie, but also how Danny and Blair responded to life after that lie. Being the "fair" person that I am, I read the whole book on the edge of my seat, anxiously awaiting the moment when Blair would finally get what was coming to him LOL But the end of the book was a little bit of a (good) surprise to me and even challenged my attitude a bit when it comes to people "getting theirs". I think this is a good book that almost anyone will enjoy!

My rating: 4, it was a great one-time read.

Thanks to Phenix for offering me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.


Odie Langley said...

Seems you found another good one.