On TV and in films it is all so easy, so smooth, and so painless. Something bad happens, law enforcement sweeps in, witness are spirited off for safekeeping, and the bad guys go to prison. That is nothing like what happened for the Bennetts. Jason Bennett is a court reporter, certified lip reader, husband to Lucinda, father of Allison and Ethan, and owner of dog Moonie. A trip home after Allison’s field hockey game changes their lives forever. Everything that happens from that day on will be identified as being “AFTER.”
The story unfolds primarily in Jason Bennett’s first person narrative. The family is devastated, overcome by the tragedy, swept off to somewhere unknown in the middle of “nowhere,” while family, friends, and even citizen detectives wonder what happened to them. The Bennetts suffer acute grief, struggle with their memories, and feel helpless to control anything. That is, until Jason Bennett decides to take things into his own hands; he will make things happen or lose everything trying. This is a “no spoiler” review so that is all the information I will share; you will have to read the book to find out what really happened to Jason and his family “after.”
“What Happened to the Bennetts” is a look at what happens when WITSEC — Witness Protection — a program designed to protect criminal informants, takes in a law-abiding family. The story is filled with the good, the bad, the very bad, and the undetermined. I received a review copy of “What Happened to the Bennetts” from Lisa Scottoline, Penguin Group, and G.P. Putnam’s Sons. It is an emotional journey with ups and downs on every page.
“What Happened to the Bennetts” is now available in print, as an e-book, and as on audio from independent bookstores, online booksellers, retail stores, public libraries, or where ever you get your books.