Wow, it’s been two week since I posted. Time flies when you’re overwhelmed.
For awhile, I’ve been meaning to blog about Gail
Giles’ latest, RIGHT BEHIND YOU, the dark story of a firebug who is arrested for setting his neighbor on fire. After spending most of his life in an institution, Kip is finally released. He, his father, and new step-mother leave Alaska for a new home in the lower 48. Kip gets a new life–and a new name, Wade, which he takes as a way of describing his struggles with life. It isn’t easy being a murderer, especially when the reason that Kip committed murder is buried deep with him, and Kip finds himself unable to forever hide his secret.
When you read a novel by Gail Giles, you know going in that the voice is going to be strong. RIGHT BEHIND YOU is no different. Giles sweeps your right into the story, right into Kip’s point-of-view. It is not a nice place to be, and to be honest, after the first few scenes, I almost put the book down. Kip’s story is so compelling, though, that I was obliged to keep reading. Boy, am I glad that I did.