Thursday, February 2, 2017

"The Twilight Tsunami" by Shelby Londyn-Heath

"Grey, he went so far as to say we should get rid of law enforcement that is spending billions on the war on drugs, a war that has never worked, and instead, overhaul the entire system. He said an FBI report came out recently revealing we spend 151 billion dollars a year on the drug war. It's a crime to spend that kind of money to bust people on drugs, when we desperately need money for prevention programs and treatment centers.".......

Grey has spent a hard eleven years as a social worker. Taking children from their parents, the drug addicts, mental illness, the conditions deplorable, families have suffered. The life is catching up to him, burning him out. 

His co-workers are also severely stressed. One of them crosses the line, and sends Grey over the edge. The story isn't just about Grey's mental break. It's about the other workers as well. Lives fall apart of those trying to help the less fortunate. 

This isn't really fiction in a sense. Having known a wonderful social worker at one time. She passed away from cancer a few years ago. She also quit her job in protest over a case of a child, that should have never been removed from its family. This book is very close to those story lines, and how things really work in an overloaded and broken system. 

There is good and there is evil on either side of this story. It's sad because it rings so true. Not every case ends badly, but they never start well, and the scars run deep for the workers and the children, and the parents and families left behind. 

There is a worker that has her own issues. To the extent she's willing to burn every bridge with every co worker, and do her best to destroy them. What a heartbreaking story. You'll have to read to find out if evil prevails, or gets put in her place. 

In a total twist though, the ending was actually quite wonderful, and fun. I love how this book ended. Everything updated so you know how it all turns out. 

Thank you Shelby Londyn-Heath