Shay Bennett is in the midst of a great depression. The "love" of her life—her roommate Jerome—was a firefighter killed on 9/11 at the World Trade Center. Her biggest regret is not telling him how deep her feelings ran.

Just released after serving 10 years for a rape he didn't commit, Jake Masters heads home to his twin brother Jerome's and instead finds Shay, unconscious from pain-killers and alchohol.

Ms. Henderson is a master at peeling apart the layers of hurt which consume Shay, beginning with her childhood, her drug-addicted mother and her mother's sad death. When Jake learns of his brother's death, it's just one more thing to comprehend as he tries to figure out why he was accused of rape.

A heartwarming story, TATTOOED TEARS serves as a reminder of just how precious and dear life and love truly are. (Aug., 230 pp., $8.95)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie R. Sims