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Reviewed by Lorraine Cobcroft for Readers' Favorite
Liz is a single mother working hard to raise her daughter, Jessica, who appears to be the daughter every mother dreams of having: track star, good student, and an all-round good kid. But a phone call from Liz’s ex-husband, summoning her to the hospital, tears their world apart. A man is dead, and it appears Jessica is to blame. But she can’t remember how it happened. In Blind Turn, Cara Sue Achterberg takes readers on a journey to experience the tumultuous ups and downs of emotions felt by a mother struggling to protect her daughter from a terrible fate and to help her move on from debilitating guilt and shame. Blind Turn also puts us in the shoes of the teenager tormented with guilt, struggling with social rejection, and battling terror of her possible fate at the hands of the courts. Can one mistake - one she can’t even recall making - ruin her life?
Blind Turn is an examination of forgiveness. It’s also an examination of love, the challenges of parenting, and of society’s reaction to rumor, innuendo, and assumption. While ultimately an uplifting story, Blind Turn is both tragic and emotional. It is more than a little disturbing to have to acknowledge that this could be anyone’s story. It could happen to you or me. Cara Sue Achterberg has created characters who come to life and make you cry and fear for the people whose emotions you feel as keenly as if you were living their nightmare. She makes you rage at the cruelty and unfairness of people who, based on rumor or assumption, presume the right to judge. And she makes you cheer for those who show compassion and understanding, and ultimately for Jess, whose courage and wisdom are a lesson to us all. I have no hesitation in awarding this superbly written story 5 stars, and I will actively seek out other books by Cara Sue Achterberg. She is clearly a master of her craft. Flawlessly edited. Beautifully presented. Blind Turn is everything I expect a truly great novel to be.