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Tatlock has a unique take on the story of a woman and her children escaping from an abusive marriage. The book is told from the POV of 11-year-old Roz, so readers may have trouble identifying with the limited viewpoint and understanding of a child. Roz’s choices can be incredibly frustrating from an adult perspective. The fast-paced action will keep you interested.

Eleven-year-old Roz Anthony, along with her mother, brother and baby sister, move to her grandparents’ hometown to escape Roz’s abusive, alcoholic father. Soon after moving into their new home, Tillie Monroe, the house’s elderly previous owner, announces that she wants to come home to die. Roz’s mother lets Tillie move back in, and they become a makeshift family. Roz has a secret, though, and it takes all of her ingenuity to keep it from those around her. (BETHANY HOUSE, Feb., 368 pp., $14.99)
Reviewed by: 
Melissa Parcel