In the fall of 1999, psychologist Sophia Wilmot is compelled by the court to give testimony on behalf of a death row inmate that results in his sentence being overturned. It is an act that brings her unwanted media attention, a notoriety and reputation that given her past and its secrets, she... read more
295 pages. In the fall of 1999, psychologist Sophia Beckman is compelled by the court to give testimony on behalf of a deathrow inmate that results in his sentence being overturned. Haunted by secrets from her past, she avoids the media spotlight as much as possible, but soon, other... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
295 pages. In the fall of 1999, psychologist Sophia Beckman is compelled by the court to give testimony on behalf of a deathrow inmate that results in his sentence being overturned. Haunted by secrets from her past, she avoids the media spotlight as much as possible, but soon, other prisoners' families come seeking her help. One family in particular, the wife, children, and brother of Jarrett Capshaw, is especially insistent. Forty-one days ago Jarrett request to die was granted by the State of Texas, and he became a dead man walking, a man the call a volunteer.
Jarrett's crimes were unusual, involving the theft of precious Mayan antiquities. Murderer was never part of the plan, but murderer is what happened. He pulled the trigger, and as littleas he feels prepared for it, as much as he struggles with matters of the soul, he's ready to die. It is the only way his family and the families of his victims can move on. While Jarrett manors to find the words to say goodbye to those he has loved, Sophia finds herself drawn into a relationship with his wife and oldest son. It is Jarrett's family she can't resist and there will be a price to pay. But Sophia could have foreseen the outcome when the brutal truth is exposed, and the unalloyed facts that, incredibly, will deliver Jarrett's fate straight into her hands.
The Volunteer is a story about families, how
they are made, and how one single, horrifying instant, they can be broken. It is a story about mother and the lies they tell to protect their children, to keep them from being hurt. But what happens when the truth comes out anyway and nothing and no one is spared? Sometime the truth has the power to break your heart, and in Sophia's case it will endanger her freedom and threaten everything she has ever believed about her life.
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