The Survivors

The Survivors

Book - 2015
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"Successful psychologist Cal Henderson has a busy practice in Washington, DC, good friends, and big plans for the future. But he can't escape a terrible secret. When he was a boy, his mother murdered his father and two brothers and severely wounded Cal's best friend, Scottie Glass. Desperate to keep the nightmare at bay, Cal has turned his back on everything that happened that night. Then on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the traumatic event, Scottie shows up at Cal's office--edgy, paranoid, but somehow still the loveable kid he once was. Though their lives have taken very different paths, they both believe Cal's mother couldn't have been a murderer. She loved them too much, no matter what dark place she found herself in. They set off to dig up the real story. In his search for answers he uncovers secrets about his mother's life involving a defense contractor's dark dealings, a nominee for U.S. Attorney with a questionable past, and a shady corporate billionaire whose sphere of influence seems to include everyone from the Pentagon on down. Meanwhile, as Cal gets closer to discovering the truth, recovered memories of his childhood push him into a psychological tailspin"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Amherst, NY : Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2015
ISBN: 9781633880825
1633880826
Branch Call Number: Fiction Pal
Characteristics: 319 pages ; 21 cm

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Sep 08, 2017

Selected this from the Librarian's choice shelf so perhaps my expectations were too high. The beginning is definitely an intriguing hook with a family murder suicide that had me wanting to understand what could have preceded such an egregious act. The plot line felt contrived and some of the situations involving the FBI stretch credulity and for me the denouement in the third person explained little, an unsatisfactory read.

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