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On a beautiful fall evening, in the middle of a game of hide-and-seek, five-year-old Bobby Clark is kidnapped by his estranged father, a shiftless man with a history of domestic violence and drug abuse. Bobby's twin brother Ricky watches, terrified, from his hiding place behind the bougainvillea, while mother Tabby, who also struggles with addiction, lies inebriated on the living room floor.
Bobby isn't seen by his loved ones again until a fateful morning 25 years later, when video of his arrest dominates the morning news. He has been charged with the murder of his father, but before the trial can begin, he manages to escape.
As Tabby and Ricky absorb the news of Bobby's return and subsequent escape, Tabby is convinced he'll come home to the quiet Florida street from which he was taken so long ago. But when events begin to spiral out of control, she's left to wonder: is a child born to be evil, or shaped to be evil? And in the end, when it's time to make amends, does it really matter?
©2015 Melinda Clayton (P)2016 Melinda Clayton
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By med c on 08-05-16

Making Amends

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This book is a tale of dysfunctional families, altering between present and past. There is plenty of mystery and suspense from the start to finish. I had to listen and hard to pause because I want to go on and on

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By Melstamps on 03-31-16

Heartbreaking, Interesting

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When I finished Making Amends by Melinda Clayton, I found myself sitting and trying to process the book I had just completed; I even discussed it with my husband. This heartbreaking but interesting book is an unflinching look at how not all lives are happy, how those who should be the most loving and protective of someone can fall far short, and how the fallout from substance abuse can last a lifetime. Tabby Clark spent her childhood first with a drug-addled mother and then in a series of foster homes.  Ultimately she ends up strung out on drugs, married to a mean, similarly addicted man, and pregnant with twins. The pregnancy is the catalyst for her to get off the drugs, though she struggles with alcohol until the boys are five, at which time her ex-husband kidnaps one of the twins. Tabby spends the next 25 years yearning and grieving for the lost twin, sometimes overlooking the remaining twin. In a case of "be careful what you wish for," Tabby is reunited with the lost twin.

The story is told from three distinctly different perspectives: that of Tabby, her best friend Vonn, and her son, Ricky. The different perspectives really flesh out the not just Tabby, but other characters in the book. Ben is an especially appealing; wise and warm.

I found the book to be engrossing and I kept my earbuds in more often than usual in an effort to learn how the story would be resolved.

Michelle Babb did an excellent job of bringing the characters to life and giving each a clear voice. Her narration added depth to the story.

I recommend this book, not only because I found it interesting, but because I found it enlightening; it brought a world that was previously unfamiliar to me to life. Four and a half stars.

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.

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By hellkatjen on 06-15-16

Packs a mean punch, unputdownable

I stayed up to the wee small hours listening to this. A tale of lives filled with hope and positive moving forward: well recognisable by 12 steppers, as the title makes clear. Everyone's doing their best to get thru troubled lives; until the arrival of the long lost sheep to the fold. But would he be a white sheep or a black sheep after all this time? the story really does pull you along, you want to be thrown headlong into the lives of these people. Michelle Babb narrates with an easy-to-listen-to slow southern drawl that you could listen to long past the end of the story. I was vaguely troubled at the end, mainly because I wanted the story to go on and never end.

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By Sara Niña on 04-06-16

I believe this is worth listening to...

Initially, I had found the story convoluted and slow in getting anywhere, in reaching a climax. But then once it began getting started, it <i>really</i>got started almost like an unpredictable engine. You just couldn't see where it was going, or even if it would start, at all. This is quite a talent, Clayton's ability to create an unforseen plot, yet one which was subtly forshadowed was a thrill (to see unfold.)

And the drama significantly thickens, through the characters when they make their own speculations. I rather liked the foreshadowing element, where the characters say something along the lines of 'looking back, after experiencing the consequence of this very decision, I would wish I had fully considered my options.' Maybe it's just me, but I wished I could shake them and demand they tell me what the consequence- the end-was. And what an end it was! Let us just say: a thriller is not a thriller without bloodshed, death and corruption. And what an exceptional thriller this was, whoever said 'one is innocent, until proven guilty' should rethink their words, the proof speaks for itself, and always comes out, it's not for a judge's verdict to decide.

The narrator, who has since become a favourite, was suited well for this book. Her voice, alone, built up tension. A wise, reflective and mature voice: suited very well for every character. It was how you imagine a story being told, particularly a horrific story, it always sounds more terrifying if the voice creates the ominous atmosphere. Michelle Babb's voice created just that: an older voice always signifies regrets, tragedy and experience, far better than a joyful (which is barely disguised) youthful voice.

What I most enjoyed was the bitter back stories of the twins and their mother. Hell, I even enjoyed Veronica and Ben's lively love story it distracted from the darker undertones. In the same way, I liked Veronica and Tabby's strong friendship, to survive all problems. That, and the way that nothing is what it seems: for one thing, who would've thought a reunion between a mother and her long-lost son would have ended the way it did?

I received this through Audio book Blast.

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