Seventeen-year-old Hayley Reynolds is unwanted at home, and an outsider at school. Kiss Her Goodbye is a page turner of a psychological thriller where the question is not who did what but whether or not they will get away with it. The supporting cast are well written and have depth but they are all drawn, in one way or another, into the vortex of these two.
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Similarly, Wade Miller very effectively used the same kind of physical grounds as the place around which to base the superb book Kiss Her Goodbye. And while they initially had no plans to remain in their room at the place for more than a night or two, they become long-term visitors. The ancient cottonwoods, planted at regular intervals down the side streets, gave proof of that.
But it was not withering away as did so many of the desert settlements. Perhaps that was because it was not wedded to any single industry. Jimmock had grown slowly, apparently, but it was still growing. Many of the store buildings were frame, old-fashioned false fronts, but an equal number had been built since the war. The Bank of America building was brand new, a sign of prosperity.
Ed saw a modern supermarket and three department stores and a new style union high school building, in addition to the expected collection of gas stations, cafes, bars and Indian curio shops. So did the people he passed, although the business district was quiet. Dance music wafted from the community center building in the small plaza in the middle of the town , and the couples on the veranda looked to him like Young America on a magazine cover. Now, about Ed and Emily. Ed is in his late 20s and is a sturdy, responsible, rugged kind of guy who does odd jobs, mostly driving trucks for this or that outfit.
His sister Emily is an year old hottie who has a movie star face and a sex kitten physique. And it gets worse, because Emily carries on like a year who is at once especially gullible yet prone to violent outbursts when upset. Do you see where all this is going?
Guys like Emily. They come on to her, like to try and touch her if they can get close enough. Emily initially appreciates the attention, craves it actually; but when the fellas start trying to do stuff that she neither understands nor wants, she tends to strike out at them. But her mind is still that of a year old kid.
She can talk to people and they never guess.
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There are some like her who even get so they can work at a trade, with the right help. I got her clear through the ninth grade before I had to take her out of school. So where does this leave Ed?
In a bind, naturally. The siblings lost their parents sometime back so Ed is all the family Emily has. He takes the responsibility of being her caretaker; and to say that burden comes with some baggage is to issue a ludicrously understated prognosis.
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His cleaning jobs generally involve just fleeing from the town where the incident occurred. And this is how the two wind up in Jimmock. Emily put a vicious beatdown on some joker who tried to get in her stuff at the last place they were living, and before anything like complaints to the police could occur, Ed grabbed his sister and their few permanent belongings, got them in the car, and drove away in escape. But first they pull into Jimmock for a fuel stop and when Emily sees the auto court she asks if they can rest up there.