A FEISTY PROTAGONIST TAKES ON A CORPORATION — A REVIEW

When Angela Joy Palladino and her nine-year-old son return to her hometown of Scotia, West Virginia, she has very mixed feelings. Memories of her flight from this same town ten years before are almost enough to keep her from going there.

But she is desperate. Her past success as an environmental activist has been clouded by a recent media disaster.

What will Angela (A.J.) find when she shows up on her parents’ doorstep? And what recent events will torpedo the job she hoped to begin here? And what lies and secrets will she uncover?

From the very opening pages of this story full of mystery, suspense, and possible danger, the reader is treated to the tough feistiness of A. J., and the awesome strength, intelligence, and openness to life’s possibilities of her disabled son David.

Erin Brockovich’s environmental activism shines throughout the pages, and the fictional elements were captivating and true-to-life. I liked how the story unfolded from the alternate perspectives of the characters, like A. J.; Elizabeth (an attorney); and David. The story revealed itself almost in slow motion at times, creating more suspense, especially toward the end as the danger escalated.

On the other hand, some of the language felt awkward, or like an attempt at down-home humor. For example: “The tug-of-war in my stomach was a tractor pull pitting an eighteen wheeler against a Panzer tank.”

These similes peppered the pages of [ROCK BOTTOM] BY Brockovich, Erin (Author) Vanguard Press (publisher) Hardcover, distracting me at times. Otherwise, this book was incredible, and as the first in a series, it offers an ongoing journey with these characters. Four stars.

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