When he was around five years old, Jack Peterson confessed a secret to his older brother Aaron, and it caused a rift that determined the path Jack’s life would take. Aaron was the golden boy, athletic, popular, the one who always got the girls, even those Jack fancied. Aaron went on to become a rich, successful businessman, and he married the girl Jack loved. Jack never got over his resentment and buried himself in his career as a respected and very wealthy TV journalist. Jack’s life was a desert, until a catastrophic plane crash, very close to his parents’ summer home gave him a glimmer of hope in the person of Meg Andrews.
THE COLOR OF A PROMISE is a bit of a difficult book to review without giving any spoilers. At first, I wasn’t really sure what to make of the various points of view, from 1984 to the present, but I knew the author had a good reason for doing so, but it was nevertheless riveting. I soon realised that it was an essential component of the story to better understand Jack, and the proof is that I read THE COLOR OF A PROMISE in one sitting, before I even realised it was a longish book.
Ms. MacLean writes beautifully, the narrative flows very smoothly, and she is a very efficient and careful writer: there is not one superfluous word, everything is there for a purpose. The story is quite complex, meticulously plotted, and extremely well researched especially regarding the plane crash investigation, which is as captivating as the relationship between Jack and Meg, and the changes Jack undergoes. Jack is a fascinating character, but it is in relation to others that we really see him, as to Meg, I absolutely adored her, past and present incarnations. She is not without fault, but she is a perfect heroine.
Ms. MacLean’s knowledge of so many plane-related elements is staggering, I loved how the story progressed, how everything fit together, and how very real the characters were; I felt invested in their lives. THE COLOR OF A PROMISE is an excellent read, intelligent, and with a lot of heart. I would maybe however caution that it may not be ideal for people with a fear of flying.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.