Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step program.
THE NINTH STEP, a novel by Barbara Taylor Sissel, explores the complexity of taking that step through the lives of Cotton O'Dell and his fiance Livie Saunders.
On Cotton's wedding day, hungover and still drinking, he runs a stop
sign, and hits a car carrying a woman and her daughter. Cotton stops
long enough to call 911, see the child is unhurt, and talk to the woman
as she dies. Then he flees - the scene, the state, the law. His fiance
Livie is left at the altar, knowing only because Cotton sends a terse
postcard later that he is not dead.
Six years later, Cotton sets
out to make amends. But are some actions too awful to be forgiven? Can
love lost ever be recaptured? Can he make amends without endangering his own life and the lives of others?
In a novel reminiscent of Jodi
Picoult, Sissel introduces us to each of the people
impacted by that crash. The action and emotions are intense. The writing
is excellent. I cared about the characters. I found myself standing at
the stove cooking supper with my Kindle in hand. I just had to know how
it turned out.