Published November 2014
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romantic Suspense
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Someone found him in a laundry basket at the Quick Wash, wrapped in a towel, a few hours old and close to death. They called him Baby Moses when they shared his story on the ten o’clock news – the little baby left in a basket at a dingy Laundromat, born to a crack addict and expected to have all sorts of problems. I imagined the crack baby, Moses, having a giant crack that ran down his body, like he’d been broken at birth. I knew that wasn’t what the term meant, but the image stuck in my mind. Maybe the fact that he was broken drew me to him from the start.
It all happened before I was born, and by the time I met Moses and my mom told me all about him, the story was old news and nobody wanted anything to do with him. People love babies, even sick babies. Even crack babies. But babies grow up to be kids, and kids grow up to be teenagers. Nobody wants a messed up teenager.
And Moses was messed up. Moses was a law unto himself. But he was also strange and exotic and beautiful. To be with him would change my life in ways I could never have imagined. Maybe I should have stayed away. Maybe I should have listened. My mother warned me. Even Moses warned me. But I didn’t stay away.
And so begins a story of pain and promise, of heartache and healing, of life and death. A story of before and after, of new beginnings and never-endings. But most of all...a love story.
Georgia Shepherd is the perfect girl next door, and a 17-year-old aspiring barrel racer who loves horses, living in the small town of Levan in Utah. Her straightforwardness and curiosity is piqued when a boy moves into the house next door – a boy whose story is just as fascinating as the man himself. Moses Wright is what they call a “crack-baby” and was left in a laundry basket shortly after his birth, and although they expected him to die he managed to grow up into a 18-year-old boy, but with all sorts of problems and subject to violence and hallucinations.
As a last hope, he gets sent to his great-grandmother in Utah, where nobody wants anything to do with him, except for Georgia, who is totally fascinated by this closed-up boy who paints like a god. But Moses is uncomfortable with all the attention and affection he gets from Georgia and doesn’t want her to be victim of the big secret he is keeping from her, this curse that has everyone qualify him as crazy and mad, so he does everything he can to push her away. And while he is the prime suspect for several murders and disappearances that have occurred in Utah lately, Moses has no choice but to flee and leave Georgia heartbroken.
Seven years later, they meet again and both their lives have changed, but time never quite healed their wounds or even helped love fade. As Moses does his best to right his wrongs, he is bound for a true heartbreak of his own.
The reason I had this read on my shelf was because my favourite author Colleen Hoover had recommended this book and I liked the plot, so I blindly gave it a go. And “blindly” seems to be the right adjective here, because I had no idea at all that this book had a touch of paranormal in it, which the teaser did not give away (in addition to that, I never read the GR reviews in advanced so my own review remains unbiased, so there’s no way at all I could have known). Well, most of you will hate me for this, but I am am totally not into paranormal (vampires, mindreaders and werewolves and all that stuff? no thanks!). But hey, I really enjoyed The Law of Moses because that paranormal touch made the book an extremely suspenseful and unexpected read.
“There is no exquisite beauty without some strangeness in the proportion.”
For those who don’t mind a little spoiler, here’s the missing link:
View Spoiler »Moses’ hallucinations are actual visions of dead people, and they haunt him whenever he gets in contact with one of their relatives. The only way to make them go away is for him to draw them – as murals in a larger than life size. But as soon as Moses starts painting the face of a missing girl, without even realizing that she is, the police become more and more interested in him. « Hide Spoiler
There is not much to say without actually spoiling the read any further, so I will just comment on the book itself. First of all, I fell in love with Amy Harmon’s wonderful and powerful writing: there is emotion and depth in every word, and it will leave you hooked from beginning to start. The teaser says it all: prepare for a story of pain and promise, of heartache and healing, of life and death. – and believe me when I say that Amy Harmon will make you feel every single one of these emotions and many more throughout the book.
The storyline was – as I said – completely unusual compared to what I generally read. But it was perfect. Perfect and refreshing. Perfect because it was seamless: so much that you could actually believe it for real. And refreshing because well… it is primarily a love story (but far from being your ordinary blissful love story: prepare for lots of tears and gut-wrenching emotions) and it is also a suspenseful thriller that will definitely send shivers down your spine as you read it.
Everything in the book was just perfect, and although I didn’t want this book to come to an end, the story is provided with a wonderful closure for two very authentic characters whose story I will never forget. This standalone is neither young adult nor new adult, it’s not drama or paranormal or anything else – The Law of Moses cannot be shoved into a box or given any kind of label: it’s a unique book that I would recommend to anyone
|All the feels|