Jennie Shortridge is one of those authors who is an automatic buy for me. Her writing is beautiful and absorbing. I lose myself in her books. I love that.
When She Flew is the story of a police officer who is part of a team who search for and find a father and daughter living in the Oregon forest. The father is an Iraq War vet, unable to find work due to a war injury, keeping his thirteen year old daughter safe the best way he can. The police officer knows that the legal system’s way of helping the girl is not really in her best interest so she takes matters into her own hands.
I liked several characters in the book, especially Lindy – the young girl, Jess – the police officer, and Chris – another officer. It seems that almost everyone in the book has good intentions and yet a different way to do the “right thing”. Their perspectives are believable. I thought each character was interesting and I wonder if the author had a tough time editing stories of the various police officers. There was enough information about them that I actually was interested in knowing more about them.
I don’t want to say more about the novel except that it is one that will stay with me for a long time. When She Flew would be a great book club selection.
Review copy from Joan Schulhafer Publishing & Media Consulting