This book deals with a very difficult subject—child molestation, child pornography, and incest. That being said, The Kindness of Strangers was a very good book and worth reading.
Sarah Laden is a widow who is trying to raise her two sons on her own. Her older son, Nate, is often in trouble at school. Her younger son, Danny, has recently had a falling out with his friend Jordan. One day, Sarah sees Jordan walking to school in the rain. She offers to drive him to school, but before they arrive, a tragedy occurs. It is soon revealed that Jordan is the target of molestation. After Jordan’s mother is arrested and his father flees, Sarah and her sons decide to take Jordan in as a foster child. It’s a story of hope and healing.
I finished this book in one day. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. The story is told in rotating points of view, so readers get insight into several characters. Katrina Kittle takes a subject most people don’t even like to think about and treats it with sensitivity. She shows that family takes many forms and doesn’t always have to be the family you were born into. At times, the book is graphic, but overall, Kittle doesn’t go into so much detail that the book is impossible to read.
If you liked this book, you might also like Lost in the Forest by Sue Miller.