It only took one review to convince me. Michele from Reader's Respite told me I had to read it. She wasn't taking no for an answer. So I went out and bought the book that day. Soon after, Kathy from Bermudaonion told me I had to read it. She said that it would be a good selection for the read-a-thon because it was a one-sitting kind of deal.
So I did. In the middle of a day of flu symptoms, football, running kids around, and a little bit of read-a-thon, I read the entire thing. This almost never happens. I am easily distracted, so unless I am sitting captive on an airplane without a dirty house, needy cats and hungry children begging for my attention, I don't read books in one day.
If you could bottle what this book has, I think it might be illegal it is so good.
Synopsis, sort of: The book starts out on Chapter 31. Bobby Flopkowski is homeless, living in a tent, a recovering drug addict, and begging for food at the back door of restaurants. He has hit rock bottom. But it always wasn't this way, he tells us. He starts at the beginning with Chapter 1 and tells us about his successful career as an L.A. pediatrician, a big house, a beautiful wife and new baby. He slowly fills in the blanks, and tells us how he went from having everything to having nothing.
Sad and intriguing how life can turn on a dime. There are tragic events, and a mystery that isn't so mysterious to the reader. Only mid-way through Bobby's tale of woe, you get a sense something isn't. quite. right. You can't put a finger on it; it is just a feeling.
Then Mr. Cleverman Rotter catches you with your guard down and pulls the rug out from under you, and you are left laying there all scared and wondering what just happened. It is actually a cheap trick, but one that messes with your head anyway.
My thoughts: My thoughts were pulled out from under me at the same time the rug was. I don't know. Just read it. You won't be disappointed. Just put aside a few hours to spend reading this one, and you too can feel like an idiot grasping for words that won't quite do.
5 out of 5 stars