Reviewed by Sherri Fulmer Moorer for Readers' Favorite
Michelle DePalma meant for her trip to Two Wells, Texas, to be a quick check-in on her mother. That changed when she walked in on the dead body of a caregiver, and her mother standing in a puddle of blood, completely unaware that something bad had happened in her home. Suddenly, this check-in on her mother's in-home care service turns into a complex mystery as she defends her mother from allegations of murder. This triggers an avalanche of unexpected visitors with questionable motives, childhood friends and enemies, an old love, and the appearance of unexpected relatives who threaten to turn Michelle's reconstructed life upside down. Going Home by Sharon Marchisello is a murder-mystery that will keep you turning pages until the very end.
Going Home is a fast paced thriller that takes place in the wake of 9/11. It's a reminder that while the world changed for us all, the everyday nuances of living were still happening for others. Michelle's denial of her mother's Alzheimer's was all to familiar to me, as I've witnessed dementia three times and know that journey all too well. The tendency of the past coming back to haunt you and old stereotypes that won't die are also common themes that all of us deal with. It is a complex story, but it isn't difficult to follow (except for the poor characters, struggling to juggle all of that action!). Sharon Marchisello has crafted a wonderful murder-mystery tale around themes that most of us will be familiar with, and will understand all too well. A great read!