Jason has just been released from prison and returns to his hometown, in hopes of reestablishing a relationship with his younger brother Gibby. Unfortunately, Jason's past reputation follows him, both for his reported actions in the Vietnam War and the drug charges that sent him to prison. Gibby feels torn between wanting to get to know his mysterious older brother and keeping his distance as his mother urges him to do. Ultimately, Gibby meets Jason for a day together at the lake with older women and booze. This seemingly simple day sets off a chain of events that have far reaching consequences for them all.
The Unwilling is a multi-faceted novel, with suspense, crime, family drama and coming of age all rolled into a book that will keep you turning pages at a feverish pace. Each character is authentic and genuine. There are dark and evil characters that you will never forget and tragically flawed characters that will leave their mark as well. This novel was a little darker than what I typically read, but combined with the other aspects of the story, it made for a compelling plot.
Another 5 star read for 2021! I received this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.