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Thursday, September 14, 2017

When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

Setting: Worthy, Georgia
Genre: Women's Fiction
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Release Date: September 12, 2017

Lake Union Publishing releases another gripping novel. This time, Marybeth Mayhew Whalen is the author that kept me hooked for a few hours.

It's mere hours after Worthy's high school team landed another victory. In those moments, a number of lives will change forever. Three cheerleaders are killed in a devastating crash that also leaves a football player fighting for his life in the hospital.

Fingers point at him as the cause of the crash. He and another friend were racing. At the same time, the girls had been drinking and their designated driver didn't have a driver's license. It's a crash that changes the town and pits neighbor against neighbor and friend against friend.

Strengths and Weaknesses

In When We Were Worthy, it's hard not to get pulled in. The story is told from multiple perspectives. You have the cheerleaders. You have their fourth member who doesn't get in the car and is mysteriously absent from the evening's events.

You have the mother of the football player. She was already the victim of gossip after her husband left her for the town floozy. Her son's involvement in the accident only makes things worse, and she's not about to turn her back on her son.

There's a long-term substitute teacher who's hiding her own secret. Finally, there's Marglyn whose generosity led to a fight with her the daughter she'll never get to see again.

All of these perspectives create a very thorough portrait of a town where secrets and lies run rampant. It adds to the intrigue and makes you glad you don't live there!

RTR's Bottom Line

This multi-layered, highly emotional story kept me hooked. The parent in me just can't imagine. The former teen in me is glad I dodged behavior like that. If you like shows like Gossip Girl or Pretty Little Liars, don't miss When We Were Worthy.

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