In this emotionally charged and riveting novel from the author of One September Morning
and In a Heartbeat,
one woman is torn between loyalty to her family's ways and to her most profound convictions…
The daughter of a career cop, Bernadette Sullivan grew up with blue uniforms hanging in the laundry room and cops laughing around the dinner table. Her brothers joined New York's finest, her sister married a cop, and Bernie is an assistant District Attorney. Collaring criminals, putting them away--it's what they do. And though lately Bernie feels a growing desire for a family of her own, she's never questioned her choices. Then a shooter targets a local coffee shop, and tragedy strikes the Sullivan family.
Anger follows grief--and Bernie realizes that her father's idea of retribution is very different from her own. All her life, she's inhabited a clear-cut world of right and wrong, of morality and corruption. As Bernie struggles to protect the people she loves, she must also decide what it means to see justice served. And in her darkest hour, she will find out just what it means to be her father's daughter.
Praise for Rosalind Noonan's One September Morning
"Reminiscent of Jodi Picoult's kind of tale...it's a keeper!" --Lisa Jackson, New York Times bestselling author
"Written with great insight… Noonan delivers a fast-paced, character-driven tale with a touch of mystery." -- Publishers Weekly
"Noonan creates a unique thriller…a novel that focuses on the toll war takes on returning soldiers and civilians whose loved ones won't be coming home." --Booklist
Questions for Discussion
1. At the beginning of the book, Bernie mentioned how she used to enjoy mashed potatoes, but her taste for them had faded. Do you think it’s really potatoes she doesn’t like, or is she thinking of something else that has lost luster in her life?
2. Were you surprised that, in a family that valued police work, Bernadette and her sisters did not become cops? What barriers, both inside and outside their family, stood in their way?
3. Do you think Sully was a good father to his children? What would you say was his major flaw as a parent? What was his major strength?
4. What do you think motivated Tony Marino to destroy Peyton Curtis’s walking stick?
5. Sometimes children or people with dementia speak without the filtering system that keeps the rest of society from voicing their thoughts. Did you think Granny Mary was lucid when she told Mary Kate that her husband Tony Marino should have been killed instead of Brendan?
6. Was Yvonne Curtis wrong to help her son? What would you have done in her position?
7. Was Bernie correct in thinking that her brother Brendan was against the death penalty? How do you think most cops feel about capital punishment?
8. When Bernie took up the cause to defend her brother’s suspected killer, she knew her decision would not be well-received by her family. Who would have been harmed if she’d stepped away from Peyton Curtis’s case?
9. Why did Peyton Curtis want to return to prison at the beginning of the novel? If he hadn’t walked into Sully’s Coffee Shop that day, what do you think his future would have entailed?
10. Why was it important to Curtis that Bernie know that Tony Marino was responsible for his rampage? Would you say that Peyton Curtis is victim or prey?
11. What is the significance of the final scene occurring on Easter Sunday?
12. Discuss the themes of redemption and transformation as they relate to the novel.