Redemption by David Baldacci (Amos Decker #5)

Publication Info: Published April 16, 2015 by Grand Central Publishing. I read the Kindle edition from my local library. Other editions available.

Summary: Amos Decker is back in his hometown of Burlington, Ohio for his daughter’s birthday. He travels there every year to put flowers on her grave and recall the details of the deaths of his wife and daughter four years ago.

Due to a football injury many years ago, Decker has two unusual talents — perfect recall and an ability to see auras. While his perfect memory has its uses for solving murders, it causes him much grief and pain as he cannot forget the details of the murders of his own family.

While at the grave site, Decker is approached by an emaciated man named Hawkins. The man tells him that he was released from prison because he is dying. He wants Decker to help him prove his innocence. This is an unusual request because it was Decker who found the evidence to get him convicted.

As Decker digs into the case, more bodies pile up. Decker finds himself at a personal crossroads and must come to terms with some facts about his own involvement in Hawkins’ conviction.

Comments: I’ve enjoyed reading this series and watching Decker’s character grow. I hope there will be at least one more. In Redemption, Decker’s hard-shell exterior cracks open a bit more as he comes to terms with changes in his condition. He opens himself up to some feelings and realizes that he doesn’t have to do everything alone–and that he would benefit from giving to others.

Recommended for readers of Thrillers.

My Rating: 4 STARS

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