Wednesday, July 8, 2015

CONVICTION by Kelly Loy Gilbert

fpoCONVICTION by Kelly Loy Gilbert illustrates how families can make life difficult.  Everyone knows Braden's father, and when he ends up on trial for his life, Braden's world is turned upside down.

One dark, foggy night Braden and his father are pulled over by the police.  According to Braden's dad, the whole thing was an accident, but he has ended up in prison and on trial for running over Officer Reyes and killing him.  The prosecuting attorney wants the jury to believe that Braden's dad may have even backed up and run over the officer a second time.  Now Braden must testify in court about that terrible night.

Braden's older brother Trey arrives from New York City where he owns and operates a restaurant.  Trey has been gone from Ornette for years, and the fact that he left under unpleasant circumstances doesn't make things easy.  Braden always looked up to his older brother and they shared many interests, but now Trey is distant and refuses to provide the support that Braden needs as he faces testifying for their father.

CONVICTION has a little something for everyone.  There is the accident and trial as well as baseball action, a love interest, and Braden questioning God and the religious beliefs that have played a major role in his upbringing.  Author Kelly Loy Gilbert has concocted a complicated plot with plenty of twists and turns to keep readers on their toes.

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