“This is a companion book to a series by Neta Jackson called House of Hope. It's nice because Dave Jackson takes an interesting but mostly undeveloped character from that book and develops his story. Most surprising to me was to find he was in a similar state spiritually as the House of Hope...”see full review » see other reviews »
“This is a companion book to a series by Neta Jackson called House of Hope. It's nice because Dave Jackson takes an interesting but mostly undeveloped character from that book and develops his story. Most surprising to me was to find he was in a similar state spiritually as the House of Hope heroine. In House of Hope Harry Bentley seems a wise and stable personality. In this book we see his world isn't as stable as we had thought. ”P 50 ten wrote this review Sunday, March 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The author Dave Jackson writes this in accompaniment to his wife Neta's "The House of Hope" series.
Harry recently retired from his job as a Chicago cop after turning in a rogue cop. Now Matty is threatening Harry over the phone.
Harry doesn't like the conditions his grandson is living in. DaShawn's father is in jail and his mother is a heavy drug-user living in a not-so-nice neighborhood. Things go badly for Harry when he tries to get DaShawn out from living with his mother. He's not sure he is capable of being a father to the young 9-year old. Before he he gets the chance to find out though, DaShawn is taken away and put into temporary foster care again.
Harry's mother who lives by herself, needs more care than she's getting. Now Harry is called from his job because it appears something happened to her. The folks in the high-class high-rise he works in, aren't the friendliest bunch of folks. Except for the new tenant Gabby whom he calls "Firecracker" who invites him to a Fun Night at the shelter where she now works. There he meets Carl, Peter, and Estelle, to name a few. Little does he know how their lives will become entwined.
Harry runs into some intense tension (as does the reader) when he tries something less than intelligent. For an retired cop, he's not too bright with some of the bone moves he pulls. In fact, it seems he spends his time planning stupid and the rest of it, being stupid.
You know...I couldn't decide between a 3 or 4 stars. 3 1/2 seems about right.
Did I like the book? Ya, pretty much. :D”
“An exciting story. Probably most enjoyable after reading the House of Hope series.”Lana K wrote this review Monday, June 28, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interesting to read! It's a parallel novel with the Yada Yada House of Hope series. You know the story but you are following different characters! Fun!”Debbie S wrote this review Sunday, June 20, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No