Everyone in our book club at the library has read this book without it being assigned reading. Now we need to put it on our reading list for next year so we can all talk about it! Because I have questions about the ending that I don't want to get into here.
Sheldon (Donnie) Horowitz has moved to Norway with his granddaughter and her Norwegian son in law. His wife has died. His son died fighting in Vietnam. There is noone else in his world but Rhea and Lars. He and his wife raised Rhea after his son, Saul, was killed in combat and her mother wasn't capable of caring for her. He isn't thrilled to be in Norway. He would rather be alone in New York where he lived for so long and knew where everything was. Now he is in a strange land with no language or landmarks.
Did I mention that Donnie was a Marine sniper in Korea? He never talked about it, never even told his family what he did. Said he was a paper pusher. In Norway, his sniper career will come in handy.
One morning, Rhea and Lars step out after an argument with Donnie. The upstairs neighbors are in a heated argument that spills out into the landing. Donnie gives the woman and son shelter from the supposed husband/boyfriend but when he comes looking for them, things go horribly wrong. Donnie is able to escape with the child. Thus begins a journey through Norway trying to elude dangerous men.
This book is not just a suspense thriller, though it does a good job being that. There are also leaps in time to these foreign wars, Korea and Vietnam, as Donnie tries to come to terms with how his actions and inactions have shaped his life and the lives of his family members. It is quite good and I look forward to Miller's upcoming novel, The Girl in Green, but we have to wait until January for that title.