Haley does a masterful job of portraying the difficulty of forgiveness, the harmfulness of family secrets and the importance of maintaining faith. The story grabs the reader from the beginning, drawing you into the Reynolds family and keeping you on the edge of your seat as the plot takes unexpected twists and turns. You never knows what's going to be revealed next.

"Sleeping dogs" (family secrets) are trying very hard to rise and bite multiple generations of the Reynolds family. Patriarch Herbert, a principal, is accused of sexually assaulting a student at his school; daughter Sylvia is dealing with emerging memories of childhood sexual abuse; and daughter Angela is pretending to forgive her husband's marital indiscretion while secretly punishing him. Meanwhile, the matriarch and extended family all have their own secret issues.

While everything seems to be falling apart in the Reynolds family, the unwavering faith, prayers and words of Mom and an aunt bring peace and restoration. (Kimani/New Spirit, Sep., 336 pp., $14.95)
Reviewed by: 
Debbie R. Sims