I liked Wyatt. He was a bit of an all-American kid. He loved baseball, loved his muscle car, hated his stepdad. All fairly typical for a teenage boy, except that his biological father is serving a life sentence for a robbery gone bad that resulted in the death of a young mother. Wyatt’s never been curious about his father, but when he’s forced to move to another school district to continue playing the game he loves, he meets a girl who changes everything. Greer is out of high school, living on her own, and has something in common with Wyatt. Her dad is in the same prison as Wyatt’s, a prison that just happens to be in Wyatt’s new town.
Not surprisingly, Wyatt soon ends up in the visitor’s room of the prison, meeting his dad, Sonny, for the first time. Sonny seems like a decent guy, too decent to spend life in prison. Before long, Wyatt is sleuthing his way through Sonny’s past, looking for anything that will help prove his innocence. The story picks up a lot of momentum here and two things become clear. Greer is not exactly stable, and Wyatt is definitely onto something that could set his father free.
And that’s when the curveball misses the catcher’s mitt. In a plot twist that comes out of left field with absolutely no warning, Sonny learns that he’s been betrayed by the person he went away for, breaks out of prison and goes on a killing spree that leaves three people dead with Wyatt almost becoming victim number four.
I have no problem with characters not meeting my initial expectations, but this kind of twist was just too ridiculous to swallow. Instead of giving a believable conclusion, I felt as if Abrahams ran out of time to write a well-developed ending, so he crammed a quick, violent mash-up of events together, which left Sonny dead and Wyatt betrayed. This is followed by the vaguest epilogue ever written, which lets us know that Wyatt moves back home, is liked a lot more by his stepdad, and takes up fishing. Maybe Abrahams was up against a deadline, maybe he thought that the ending was just fine. I am not sure, but it certainly has deterred me from reading other books by this author. I had a creative writing professor who would have ranted and railed against this kind of inexplicable plot twist, and I guess her teachings have stuck with me because I just can’t accept this kind of nonsensical, rushed wrap up.