Thrasher’s novel hits hard and true. In a story with multiple storylines one could get lost in the tangle, but he expertly leads us base to base until we finally reach home plate.
Things come easy to baseball player Cory Brand; his younger brother Clay is always cleaning up his messes. When Cory makes the major leagues, his drunken behavior spirals out of control and his agent insists he go into rehab. After rehab, he has a lot of fences to mend. Clay tries to help, but Cory can’t abide his help. When a secret is revealed Cory truly must decide if he’ll embrace redemption. His attendance at Celebrate Recovery group will change his life forever. (DAVID C. COOK, Apr., 416 pp., $14.99)