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The Winters in bloom
Lisa Tucker
Adult Fiction TUCKER

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From Publishers' Weekly:

The Winters of Tucker's disappointing sixth novel (after The Promised World) lead an idyllic life. David and Kyra are a successful suburban couple with a five-year-old son, Michael, who they adore and believe is so gifted and unique that he must be homeschooled. They are such overprotective parents that Michael has only recently been allowed to be in the yard alone-and only for 30 minutes at a time; it's a terrible irony, then, that the boy is abducted from under their noses. Michael's disappearance forces David and Kyra to confront their pasts and expose troubling secrets about their lives before they met. David's first wife, Courtney, hasn't been well since accidentally causing the death of their child; David fears she took Michael. But Kyra suspects her own troubled sister, Amy, whose refusal to allow Kyra to see her niece years before created tremendous ill will between all involved. Only by arming themselves with the bitter truth will David and Kyra have any hope of finding Michael. Tucker tries to craft a tale steeped in big ideas about family and honesty, but delivers an innocuous, forgettable book saddled with melodrama. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Tucker's sixth novel (after The Promised World) features Kyra and David Winter, the loving parents of young Michael. Their overprotectiveness seems to stifle their coddled, homeschooled child, who yearns for a glimpse of something outside his home. When the doting Kyra momentarily takes her eyes off Michael, he vanishes from their backyard. As the police question the parents, disturbing secrets from their former lives are slowly revealed. Both parents are convinced the kidnapper is an estranged family member or ex-spouse, and what began as a story of the challenges of modern parenting very quickly becomes a tale of troubled pasts. One fact is certain: the Winters' comfortable home life will never be the same. VERDICT This fast-paced page-turner may satisfy some readers, but others will want more information about Kyra and David's complicated histories. Still, Tucker's suspenseful novels are popular, so this family story is recommended with reservations. Indeed, if the characters had been more fully developed, the novel would have blossomed. [See Prepub Alert, 2/28/11.]--Andrea Tarr, Corona P.L., CA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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