Crystal Lies

Author: Melody Carlson

Publisher: Waterbrook Press

Release Date: October 2004

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Format: PRINT

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Glennis Harmon was living the perfect All-American life with her family in Seattle, Washington. Two fantastic teenagers and a prominent city attorney were the pride and joy of this homemaker’s life. She had no inkling that her life was about to experience drastic changes until one day when her whole world turned upside down. When it is discovered that nineteen-year-old Jacob has been using crystal methamphetamine, her husband’s reaction causes her to make the decision to leave her home and move into an apartment in an attempt to save her son. More concerned with his own image than Jacob’s well-being, Geoffrey refuses to help their troubled son, declaring the teen needs to help himself instead. To add insult to injury, Glennis also learns of her husband’s infidelity with a co-worker, but he refuses to admit the affair. Is there any way for this family to solve their problems and once again be the happy family they once were?

CRYSTAL LIES takes the reader on a journey through the addiction, rehabilitation, relapse, and recovery of a teenager as seen through the eyes of his caring mother. Glennis struggles with the knowledge she may not be able to save her son, even at the cost of her marriage, her relationship with her daughter, and her sanity. This is an emotional, heart-breaking novel, but one that also offers hope and encouragement for the addict and the people who struggle with the painful desperation and devastation of drug addiction. Melody Carlson writes with the knowledge of personal experience, as noted in the preface of this book, and it shows with descriptive phrases chosen to portray a mother’s tenacity to rescue her son from the drug’s clutches. Definitely not for the faint of heart, CRYSTAL LIES is more a novel of hope than a romance, but not one that should be passed over. I was shown a glimpse into a world too many people have experienced and one I won’t soon forget.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Sherri Myers

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