Paul Hardy has survived two tragic accidents but where does this leave him now?
Seven years ago Paul Hardy survived an accident when he was found near dead in a railroad car behind western station. His face was severely mangled and his mind was gone. The worse thing is that Paul could not communicate with anyone since the accident. He is now staying at the Harmony House in Washington State.
Even though Paul could not communicate with anyone, he developed a close relationship with one of the wheelchair patients, Shirley, whom he seemed to understand. One day Shirley’s wheelchair got out of control and Paul ran after it to try and save her from tumbling over. As he rushed to her assistance, a car hit him. Paul is taken to the hospital where it was unsure whether he would even survive. The Director of the Harmony House, Helen, knew she had to stay at the hospital because Paul had no one else. One of Helen's first questions to the doctors is if Paul did make it would they be able to do anything about his mangled face. The answer she got was that they would do whatever is necessary to save his life but since Paul was a ward of the state, anything more would be considered discretionary. Helen did receive good news that Paul would survive.
The next time Helen came back to see Paul, he was in surgery. She could not understand why. The driver who hit him was paying for his reconstructive surgery.
When Paul woke up the strangest thing happened. He insisted he was not Paul Hardy. When he looked in the mirror he did not even recognize himself due to the reconstructive surgery.
Paul knows now that he must search for his identity. Who is he and where did he come from? Paul has very little memory and no clues to go on but he must search for the truth.
As Paul begins his search some people are not happy about it – from the D.A.’s Office to the highest levels of government. Paul soon finds out that there is a lot more to his identity than he ever believed.
G.M. Ford has created a character in Paul that the reader will sympathize with. You will feel Paul’s pain and wonder how he even has the will to even survive. The character that really impressed me is, Helen, the Director of the Harmony House. Helen comes across as an individual who is compassionate and really cares about the people who are wards of the state. She knew that Paul had no one else and stayed at the hospital until she was absolutely sure he would survive. The author does an excellent job of setting the atmosphere for the story and then making it an interesting journey to find out what happens in Paul’s search for his identity. Be sure to set some time aside when you start reading this book because you won’t want to put it down. The author does an excellent job of not giving anything away and keeping the reader guessing right to the very end. This book is highly recommended.
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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