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Meg OBrien admits that much of
this moving story comes from her own past. The horrors that are shared are
more real because of this. CRASHING DOWN will grab readers hearts as they experience the pain and shame of this hideous crime.

For years, Carrie Holt has kept a horrifying secret. Her childhood sexual abuse was something she hoped to overcome by sheer willpower, and by burying the pain. Now, as an adult, she returns to her small hometown to speak at a conference, and comes back in contact with Christopher Breen, her former tormentor. All the old feelings come back, as she realizes he has picked a new victim.

Nicky D'Amico is a police officer in the small town of Holly Beach, and he has reasons of his own for being suspicious of Christopher Breen. On a crusade against men who prey on children, Nicky has been keeping his eye on Christopher. When he meets Carrie, there is something about her haunted expression that makes Nicky want to reach out and help her. He senses a kindred spirit, and wants to wipe away the pain she carries.

The two join together, slowly at first, to defeat the monster. An elderly family member, now in a nursing home, might hold an integral piece of the puzzle. Nothing is as it seems. Pain often comes before healing, and these characters will discover this.

(June, 408 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie Richardson