The Kindness of Strangers

The Kindness of Strangers

Book - 2005
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A young widow raising two boys, Sarah Laden is struggling to keep her family together. But when a shocking revelation rips apart the family of her closest friend, Sarah finds herself welcoming yet another troubled young boy into her already tumultuous life.

Jordan, a quiet, reclusive elementary school classmate of Sarah's son Danny, has survived a terrible ordeal. By agreeing to become Jordan's foster mother, Sarah will be forced to question the things she has long believed. And as the delicate threads that bind their family begin to unravel, all the Ladens will have to face difficult truths about themselves and one another--and discover the power of love necessary to forgive and to heal.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060564780
Characteristics: 393 p. ; 24 cm


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Sep 30, 2013

An engrossing page-turner!

Sarah Laden is barely holding her life together as a widow with two difficult sons—recalcitrant teen Nate and troubled fifth-grader Danny—when best friend and neighbor, Courtney Kendrick, is arrested in a child sex abuse scandal. It was hard to pick up, but harder still to put down.

May 20, 2013

This book grabs you on the first page and is a compelling read to the very end. Disturbing and timely content. Highly recommend!

Feb 01, 2013

Beware that the subject matter for this novel is intense and serious but it is a gripping story and very well told. It took me on an emotional journey that I won't soon forget. Fantastic.

Oct 06, 2009

This is a superb book that I read in a day and half. The reviews in the EPL's record of this book and on the book's cover fall well short of a proper appreciation of Katrina Kittle's storytelling skill.

I believe this book should have won some major awards, the fact it has not (at least not yet) may indicate how far out of touch the reviews and awards are with the interests of genuine readers of fiction.

With child abuse so consistently in the headlines Ms Kittle offers considerable insight into the affect on an individual, their family, friends and a community. At the same time she maintains a consistent suspense throughout the story without resort to the cheap tricks of many authors. For example our expectations are set right from the first page for a happy ending. It's the honesty in relating the struggles, sacrifices, fears and doubts that are Ms Kittle's hallmark. This honesty will have you turning the pages and thirsting for more.

The story is told through the four people most affected, Mum, Nate, Danny and Jordan. Here Ms Kittle is again at her best. She avoids retelling any of the events through different eyes, one storyteller simply picks up where the other leaves off. Also she doesn't rely on one or two storytellers over the others. Each person's contribution is finely balanced, they all have their love, secrets and failures to relate.

Every scene she potrays is relevant to the story, there is not a wasted word.

Overall this book is wonderfully well integrated through the four storytellers. It has a compelling unity and sense of mission that had me reading at all hours.


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