The Ninth Step
Author: Grant Jerkins
Published: September 4, 2012 by Penguin Group
Helen Patrice is a recovering alcoholic struggling through a twelve–step program. It’s time to make amends for a crime she got away with—a hit and run accident that killed the wife of school teacher Edgar Woolrich. When she finally gathers the courage to meet him, she can’t bring herself to reveal the truth. The ninth step begins with a lie—the first of many as their relationship grows. Then one day, Helen receives an anonymous note: Does he know you killed his wife?
You have to admire the purity of Jerkins's writing: He's determined to peer into the darkness and tell us exactly what he sees.
--Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post