Kirsten Hammarstrom hasn't been back to her Wisconsin hometown in years—not since the mysterious disappearance of a local teenage girl rocked the small community and shattered her family. Kirsten was just nine years old when the girl went missing, and the last person who saw her alive was the girl's boyfriend—Kirsten's older brother. No one knew what to believe, but the event unhinged the town and put Kirsten's family beneath the crushing weight of suspicion.
When a new tragedy forces Kirsten and her siblings to return home, they must confront the horrible event that changed everything all those years ago. Chilling and suspenseful, The Mourning Hours is one family's gripping story of loyalty, betrayal and forgiveness.
This is an interesting book, full of family dysfunction, mistrust and secrets. Which makes it perfect for reading before Mother's Day, as we all know how some family gatherings can go! Especially here in the South! Drama mama time! But the book takes an interesting look at not the missing girl's family, but of the boy's who is the last person she was known to be with. As her boyfriend, who was being pressured by her, even more suspicion comes onto him. When her body is not found, nor is she, then he and his family become the town pariahs. Yet their family has been on their farm for 4 generations, how can they leave? Yet they do split up, each taking their fears, secrets, questions and little betrayals with them. Now they have to return and decide what to do with the farm, and suddenly what seemed normal back then, never was.
It is an interesting tale, that literally keeps the reader guessing what REALLY happened to Kirsten, and was anyone involved. To say more gives away the ending of the story, but readers will NOT be disappointed. I was surprised this was the author's debut book! There is so much depth to the characters, yet she does a great job showing how they all hid their secrets from one another. If you are looking for a great look at family dysfunction and loyalty, check this one out!
About the Author
Paula Treick DeBoard lives with her husband Will and their four-legged brood in Modesto, CA. She received a BA in English from Dordt College, an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine and a practical education from countless students in her English classes over the years. The Mourning Hours is her first novel.