While this is an interesting story of an abused wife’s journey to freedom, it is hard to have much empathy for the heroine as much of the book is spent on her deciding whether to leave. The final resolution is surprising and hopeful.
Told by an airport gypsy that her abusive husband Thom will kill her if she doesn’t kill him first, Rose Mae Grandee takes a shot at him — literally. Missing and hitting her dog instead, she returns home. Thom’s abuse sends a critically injured Ro to the hospital. She talks to him about ending their marriage, only to have him make it clear he would kill her first. After a search for an old boyfriend leaves her empty-handed, she takes her dog and leaves, stealing a new identity. A road trip finally brings hope. (GRAND CENTRAL, Jun., 324 pp., $24.95)