Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Review: Facing the Past by Alexa Padgett Writing as J.J. Cagney @AlexaPadgett

Facing the Past
by Alexa Padgett Writing as J.J. Cagney
Published: March 11, 2019
Publisher: Sidecar Press, LLC
Genre: Mystery, Suspense


A childhood tragedy. An unsolved murder. In the quest to rewrite her family’s past, Danielle Patterson could lose her future.

After her mother’s sudden death, a Dallas housewife struggles to hold her young family together…especially after Danielle Patterson uncovers a dark secret that shatters her reality. Determined to bring her brother’s killer to justice, Danielle picks up exactly where her late mother left off. All too soon, her reckless pursuit proves Danielle—and her mother—knew the killer.

Facing the Past is a poignant domestic thriller that explores the interplay between relationships and regrets. If you like the lyrical prose of Gayle Forman and the gripping family drama of Marisa de los Santos, then you'll love J. J. Cagney’s captivating novel.

My Review:

A young woman Danielle Patterson has a loving husband and two amazing little boys. Danielle finally has the family life she has always wanted. Danielle has lived in the shadow of her big brother’s death for most of her life as his killer was never found. Her mother, Nancy spent most of her days trying to figure out who killed her son not leaving much time for Danielle.

Nancy kept a journal of the days without her son and trying to find her son’s murder. I imagined that writing everything down helped Nancy to put everything into prospective and probably helped with her grieving while bringing it all out for her. I think her journals were another way for her to deal with the loss of her little boy.

Facing the Past is a story of a mother and a daughter dealing with the loss of one little boy that touched both of their hearts and lives over the years and how each of them coped with it. It made each woman stronger and maybe even a better parent.

Facing the Past is a heart wrenching story that will have you in tears on more than one occasion. It will keep you glued to the pages trying your best to figure out who hurt this little boy and his family and wondering what kind of person would do something like that and why.

I understand that Facing the Past may not be for everyone but I do believe that it could be very therapeutic for others. May be hopefully it would or could help someone to know how someone else dealt with the loss of a child or brother and the aftermath of what helped them to put one foot in front of the other one day at a time.

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