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When high-powered attorney Helen Thompson finds out that her fifteen-year old daughter has been sexually assaulted, she takes drastic measures. In this lyrical, dark fairytale, Ripple tells the story of how a team of lawyers, therapists and women from a safe house help mother and daughter find hope and healing, even as a sociopathic killer lurks, waiting for his moment to strike.
Two of the protagonists in Ripple are lawyers, with one the main suspect in a potential murder case. Although it addresses legal issues, this is not a John Grisham courtroom case. The reality is that the vast majority of cases are settled outside the courtroom, and this book, while a dark fairytale, is also realistic. It captures the nitty gritty reality of how lawyers live, practice and feel. Throughout Ripple, lawyers strategize, negotiate and advise, all the while balancing work and family.
Ripple delves into the nature of evil, without seeking to provide final philosophical answers to the issue of what makes a human commit evil acts. Ripple takes the reader into evil spaces inhabited by sociopaths, but it doesn’t immerse the reader in evil. Moments of humor and lightness and bonding between friends are interspersed with more serious scenes.
Ripple’s mother-daughter protagonists spend a great deal of time at a safe house for domestic abuse victims. The women who own the safe house provide levity even as they protect the daughter from serious physical harm.
Ripple will resonate with fans of women’s literature. While the author takes care not to vilify men, the reality is that most rapists and sexual abusers are men. The twenty-five percent or more of readers who have been sexually assaulted will find shades of their own story echoed by the inward struggles of the main characters. Some readers will take heart or find guidance in overcoming their own difficulties. Women who loved Eat, Pray, Love or the more intense The Color Purple will want to read this book.
Like The Color Purple, Ripple is principally literary fiction. With the increased popularity of books like The Lovely Bones and Room, as well as the publicity afforded to well-written books by celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, the target audience for Ripple will include literature aficionados and fans of psychological thrillers. Fortunately for the latter audience, Ripple’s action and suspense will keep hands turning pages and books flying off shelves.
Ripple is deep and often dark. But in the end, it shines a light on the human condition. It celebrates the triumph of the human spirit in the face of great tribulation. And like the author’s non-fiction memoirs, I Run: Running from Hell with El, Ripple is about thriving. It is, at its very essence, a tale of hope, healing and redemption.