I’ve read many a Sandra Brown book in the past and I’ve always been impressed by the way in which she sculpts her thrillers. She has always proved to be a writer who can balance a sound plot with convincing characters and a subtle intensity that sustains the entire novel.
Rainwater is an entirely different kind of Brown and I have to confess that I was thrilled to find that beneath this commercial writer there is a solid and emotive core, a beautiful way with characterisation and emotion and a purity that I was really not expecting.
This novel overflows with empathy in its rarest of forms. Here we have raw characters who chafe against each other, set in the context of a challenging period of American history. The dust bowl is true to its image, it is rough and ragged and brings out both the best of people and the worst. This novel was a pleasant surprise.