THE LIVES OF THREE UTTERLY HOPELESS ADDICTS CONVERGE FOLLOWING AN ACCIDENTAL AND HORRIFIC DEATH.
Monty Miller, a self-destructive, codependent alcoholic, is wracked by an obsession to drink himself to death as punishment for a fatal car accident he didn’t cause.
Dave Bell, a former all-American track star turned washed-up high school volleyball coach, routinely chauffeurs his bus full of teens on a belly full of liquor and head full of crack.
Angie Mallard, a recently divorced housewife with three estranged children, is willing to go to any lengths to restore the family she lost to crystal meth.
All three are court-mandated to a drug & alcohol rehab high in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. There, they learn the universal truth among alcoholics and addicts:
Though they may all be sick…Some Are Sicker Than Others.
As the story unfolds, one character at a time, the reader is pulled right into the darkness and intensity of the sickness known as addiction. In many ways, I could hardly keep reading, as each one spiraled downward into the illness, full of denial and caught up in the delusions that control was just around the corner. Like an accident you are watching, you want to see, but you also want to look away. The horror was almost too much.
The author obviously knows his subject matter and portrays the cycle of addiction in an honest manner. His characters are composites of his own experiences and those of others he has known. This quality brings an authenticity to the story. Some punctuation errors were distracting, but the story itself kept me reading.
Recommended for those who want to understand addiction and its consequences, as well as the hope of recovery. 3.5 stars.