Friday, February 17, 2017

Review: The Twilight Tsunami by Shelby Londyn-Heath

Grey is a hard-hitting social worker who removes babies and children from dangerous drugged parents, violent homes, and families joined with criminal gangs. He is unstoppable until a new social worker enters his department. She is hungry for power and position, as she challenges Grey in dramatic and unexpected ways. Even as Grey yanks newborns from mothers, gets beat up by irate parents, and lives through suicides of foster children aging out of the system, nothing can stop him until he meets his nemesis, a truly power-hungry woman.

Grey slowly unravels as he attempts to combat his rival's malice. He spirals into a shadowy self, fighting to keep himself functional within the turmoil of his co-worker's cruel actions. He realizes she has destroyed other lives and will stop at nothing to be master of her own design, as she tries to destroy his.

Grey makes a decision to redeem himself, the only way left for him to rise up and conquer his fears. He risks losing everything, as he attempts to find salvation and fell his adversary. Along the way, he discovers a secret, one that leads to her "Achilles Heel," and to his greater truth.


The Twilight Tsunami was an easy read, but that's not to say it was easy to read. The trials and ordeals children and social workers go through, if this book is accurate (and from the little I've heard before reading this I believe it is), makes it difficult to read. I felt so badly for the kids having to go through so much pain and constantly being moved from one home to another. I also felt terribly for a couple of the foster workers, because of what happened to them.

The story had several points of view and while it was easy to follow along, it made it kind of choppy for me. I really didn't understand why certain people were mentioned as much as they were. 

The ending was both sweet and confusing. I'm not sure what difference the "big reveal" was supposed to make, since the story ended very soon afterwards, but it did explain a little why a certain person possibly behaved the way they did.

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Kindle: 320 pages
Published: Harvard Square Editions (October 28, 2016)
Language: English
Available to purchase: Amazon (Kindle)


Shelby Londyn-Heath, a transplant from New York, has been a world-traveler, crossing the Sahara Desert on the back of a salt truck, working on banana plantations in Spain, an oil company in New York, and on coffee farms in Hawaii. She has jumped freight trains across the United States, and she was the proud owner of a beachfront bamboo hut on the Canary Islands. She has worked as a counselor, social worker, and teacher.


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