Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Orangeberry Book Tour:Book Review:Shades of Gray by Andy Holloman
When I started reading this book, at first I thought that was just one of those “Fifty Shades of Gray” books. The ones very similar to the very famous trilogy. Nothing prepared me for the emotional and thrilling story that followed. I can’t believe that it’s a debut novel.
It all started in March, 2002. A father and a daughter. A man who loves his daughter more than anything in the world. The girl’s mother has abandoned them, and the little one is in the search of Mom. Six-years-old Lucy is so lovely little girl, you must love her. The father has a friend, a woman, Wanda, with a daughter same age as his Lucy. One day they switched the cars, he took hers. John and Lucy had a car accident.
The whole story started years earlier. When his precious one was discovered terrible disease. And he couldn’t afford the therapy. His traveling business suffered because of 9/11. John was desperate.
Wanda earned her money smuggling drugs. Together with her boyfriend and her daughter, they traveled across the country hiding the drugs in her fake pregnant stomach.
Wanda owned John money. A lot of money. She was smuggling drugs on her trips. John discovered. So he made a plan. To save Lucy.
What would you do to save your child’s life? Would you break all your principles to save the one person that is most important to you?
Reading and reading I was hooked on the story. On one side, there is the love for the child, on the other, there is morality and there are principles. What comes first? There is no good or bad person in this story. John is a father who has principles, but when it comes to his daughter, smuggling drugs is not a problem at all. Wanda is smuggling drugs all her life, but when it comes to her daughter, she would confront the devil himself. Travis , John’s brother, is a dirty cop raised by a father racist. But, he loves his brother and niece more than anything in the world. There is no black and white world, there are many shades of gray between.
I really enjoyed reading this story, full of twists and turnovers. And nothing prepared me for the remarkable ending. Excellent story for a debut author.
My opinion: 4 / 5