Jensen Keller covets freedom. He’s abided by his father’s wishes for years, until the one time he rebelled, and it nearly lost him his family. Now he’s summoned back to Cathedral Lake only to discover freedom has been granted to the one person who should be denied it—Wade Unger, the man responsible for his sister’s death.
Bella Perish wants nothing more than to be free from her domineering father. In an unexpected turn of events, she’s not only granted that freedom—autonomy is forced on her… at the cost of her budding relationship with Jensen. As she works to repair the relationships that matter most to her, her newfound independence is compromised. Worse, her very life is threatened.
An account of repression, revelation, bravery, and contrition, Out and About chronicles the merits and miseries of freedoms denied and gained. – Goodreads.com
Several years have passed since the first book in this series, Type and Cross, and Out and About continues with the Keller family, focusing more on Jensen. This book could work as a standalone – however, I’d recommend reading the first.
This author knows how to craft a story, revealing tidbits of a secret on one page, a dramatic twist a few chapters later, subtle hints of what’s to come – everything that makes a reader say, “Just one more chapter and then I’ll sleep/do laundry/feed the cat, etc.” And the conflict! The challenging family dynamics in this story – father/son, father/daughter, mother/daughter and more – could make your head spin, and most readers will be able to relate to this in some way.
Jensen’s relationship with his father is strained at best, and with Bella, a young attorney learning to assert her independence, he finds common ground. The two are determined to learn the secrets behind the suspicious parole of the person responsible for his sister’s death.
If you’re a fan of family drama and mystery/suspense, this series is for you. Now to move on to the third book!