Wednesday, May 22, 2013

#BookReview: The Banks of Certain Rivers by Jon Harrison

Real life is really messy.  If anyone knows that, Neil Kazenzakis does.  Up until the day his wife is injured in a life altering event, Neil would have sworn he had the perfect life.  A perfect wife, a perfect son, a job that wasn't his first choice but still enjoyable, good in laws and great neighbors made for a fairly enjoyable life.  And then things got messy.

When Neil married Wendy, he had no idea that one day he'd be raising their son, Christopher, as a single parent.  He also had no way of knowing that he would be watching out for his mother-in-law, who is showing early stages of Alzheimer's.  He had no way of knowing that he'd fall in love with his mother-in-law's nurse.  And he had no way of knowing he'd end up on YouTube.  Before it's all over, Neil Kazenzakis will find himself fighting for his son, his job and his life.

I normally don't care for male protagonists.  Most books I read have female leads. I can relate to them, it's easier to understand where they're coming from.  I never expected to be drawn into Neil's world and to actually care about what happened to him.  So many books present flawless characters, but Jon Harrison has given Neil flaws aplenty.  In doing so, he's created a real human being and the problems he's dealing with are ones that any of us might run into in our daily lives. There is no nice, neat way to fix any of the situations Neil finds himself in.  And that's what makes his character so likable.  I'm definitely looking forward to more from this author.

Published: March 2013

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