This book evokes a wide range of emotions, from horror at the shocking violence to sympathy for children whose parents are absent. The plot, characters and their actions will keep you thinking for days. Adult and teen characters face impending danger with strength and grace as they consider what their lives — and deaths — are worth.
Nate’s life is shattered when he returns from war with PTSD, which prevents him from reconnecting with his wife and daughter. Estranged from his family and diagnosed with ALS, he decides to end it all by jumping from an 11th-story ledge. But while on the ledge he hears gunshots, climbs in a window and kills all but one of the robbers. The one who gets away whispers a threat to Nate, and although it’s hard to imagine in Nate’s circumstances, he soon learns that things can always get worse. He goes from a man with nothing to lose to a man with everything to lose. (ST. MARTIN’S, Aug., 384 pp., $25.99)