MYSTERY

Your House Will Pay

Ecco: HarperCollins. Oct. 2019. 320p. ISBN 9780062868855. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062868862. THRILLER
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In a powerful story that examines one of our nation’s greatest challenges, Cha (“Juniper Song” trilogy) introduces readers to the families of Shawn Matthews and Grace Park—two strangers bound by the same tragic events. The story opens with 13-year-old Shawn living in 1991 Los Angeles, a city pulsing and explosive with racial tension after the Rodney King beating. Shawn, whose young life has already been filled with loss, watches in horror as his beloved 16-year-old sister Ava is shot and killed by a convenience store owner who accuses the girl of stealing. Twenty-eight years later, he is trying to change the course of his life after a stint in prison. When his cousin Ray joins the family after his own release from prison, the joyous reunion spins into a nightmare when Ray is arrested for the murder of an elderly Korean woman, Grace Park’s mother. As their lives collide, Shawn and Grace try to unravel secrets and lies in their families to find the way to the truth. ­
VERDICT Cha unflinchingly and compassionately examines issues of race, family, generational violence, and the transformative power of forgiveness in this unforgettable novel. [See Prepub Alert, 4/8/19.]

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