Julia Turner, an ambitious educator in her mid-thirties, leaves a high-profile job in Chicago to return to Dayton, Ohio to serve as superintendent of Christian Light, the K-12 private school system from which she graduated two decades earlier. A single mother with an ugly divorce and a complex childhood in her rearview mirror, Julia views her mission as a chance to contribute to her hometown and conquer the demons from her past. But she never expects to confront the one sin she and her childhood friends agree to bury as teens-the accident that left Eddie Walker hospitalized and incapacitated.
Meanwhile, Detective Peter Whitlock, Eddie Walker’s older bother, is still determined to find the person(s) responsible for his brother’s condition. As an unrelated investigation leads to another woman who is involved in the accident, the responsible parties must decide whether they will keep their dark secrets, or tell the truth and let God decide the outcome.
This book centers around a racially charged crime. Four black girls (Julia, Toya, Cassie, and Teri) meet when they attend Christian Light School in Ohio. They are truly the minority as the school consists of almost all white students. One fateful night their lives change – one of them is attacked and with help they are able to fend off the attacker, debilitating him in the process.
Each of the girls has moved on, and more than two decades later has gained success in their lives. But, the memory of what happened all those years ago continues to haunt them.
Julia Turner is raising her niece, and after an ugly divorce and tarnished childhood she agrees to go back to Christian Light and act as superintendent. This might be her one chance to prove that she has what it takes and put all of her demons behind her. What she doesn’t count on is Police Detective Peter Whitlock, the brother of the boy who was debilitated years earlier, still investigating his brothers crime, determined to bring the people responsible to justice.
This was a very believable tale – I could see how four girls could bond over a terrible tragedy and agree to keep a secret that would haunt them for the rest of their lives. I really enjoyed how the characters interacted and how the author wove the story between the past and present. A very good read!
Xavier Knight, pseudonym for C. Kelly Robinson, is Essence bestselling author of NOT ALL DOGS, BETWEEN BROTHERS, NO MORE MR. NICE GUY, THE STRONG SILENT TYPE, and THE PERFECT BLEND. Xavier is currently in Dayton, Ohio with his wife Kyra, busy at work on his next novel.