When you live a lie for so long, it becomes a part of you. Like clothing first rough and scratchy, it eventually wears down, thins out. Sinks into your skin.
Thirty-four-year-old Delanie Miller has fled her dark past and is now settled into a quiet life in small-town Redbud, Kentucky. She has friends, a faux “family” who lives in her house, and a loving boyfriend who may soon ask her to marry him. Her aching dream of a husband and future children are about to come true. But protecting this life of promise means keeping a low profile and guarding the truth of her past from everyone.
The town’s peace is shattered when Delanie’s friend, Clara, is murdered, and Delanie finds her body. The police chief quickly zeroes in on Billy King, a simple-minded young man whom Delanie knows would never hurt Clara. She can hunt down evidence and speak out publicly against the chief only at great risk of her own exposure. But how can Delanie, who suffered such injustice in her past, keep silent now? She must find a way to uncover the real murderer yet save the life she’s created the deceit-ridden life that will forever distance her true self from others and God.
With page-turning intensity, Sidetracked hurtles between Delanie’s trauma in Redbud and the chaos of her past. Those experiences forced Delanie to reinvent her present but at what cost to her future?
I received an audiobook copy of this book and I really liked the story. It was a bit confusing listening because of the going back and forth between the past and present, but otherwise the story was very easy to listen to. Murder mysteries are always something that I like to read and being an audiobook, the person who was reading was a little too quiet so I just made the audio about 1.5 times as fast which helped. Delanie was a very good developed character who got put into situations that made others look at her in a bad way, but she dealt with these and made the story very interesting. I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.
I received this audiobook in exchange for my honest review from the Book Club Network.