Updated: Dec 30, 2019
A haunting yet deeply moving coming-of-age story swirled in prejudice, guilt and grief.
Boady Sanden is a freshman at St. Ignatius High School in Jessup, Missouri. For the most part Boady is invisible, that is until he became a target of bullies, because he stuck up for an African-American girl in his class. When he is not at school or at work Boady loves to escape in the woods near his home on Frog Hollow Road fishing and exploring. Boady has no real friends, until Thomas Elgin and his family move in across the road and his life is changed forever. Boady soon come to realize the stark lines of race and class that divide his community and he is force to choose sides.
NOTHING MORE DANGEROUS is part murder mystery, part coming-of-age story swirled in prejudice, guilt, grief and self-discovery in the mid 1970’s. The story is haunting yet deeply moving. It’s a perfect blend of characters, setting and story.
The main characters were delightful and totally drive the narrative. You will fall in love with Boady and want to protect him, you will cheer when his friendship with Thomas develops, you will wonder about his elusive next door neighbor Hoke, and you will despise the bully’s that taunt him.
My favorite part was when Boady and Thomas dropped through a pine tree. Not exactly sure exactly how that worked but that exhilarating escapade should come with a warning—folks do not try this at home!
This is the third Allen Eskens book I have read and they have all been wonderfully descriptive and fabulously written. Eskens is the best-selling author of six novels including The Shadows We Hide (2018) and The Life We Bury, (2014) which is being developed into a feature film. Eskens lives in Joely, Minnesota where he has practiced criminal defense law for 25 years
Thanks to Netgalley for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher Mulholland Books
Published November 12, 2019