Evan Walker is the new keyboardist in Meltdown. He was officially invited to join the band after he helped Meltdown out after their previous keyboardist was killed by their lead guitarist. The band needed to complete a short three month tour for publicity. Evan's wife of nine years was furious that he joined the band even after he bought her a new Porsche and a McMansion of a house. His sister and brother tried to tell him that his wife was cheating on him, but he didn't want to listen. He didn't listen when a previous band mate told him the same thing months later. But he had to be sure, he had LASH, a private security company that the band uses look into it. They found that his wife, Mandy was not only cheating on him but was didn't actually work at the pharmaceutical company she told him. That most of their marriage has been riddled with lie after lie. Evan moves in with the country bar owner of Margo's, Quinn.
I cried, laughed, was angered, and disgusted--disgusted by the actions of the characters. Ok, two characters in particular. I do think that I would have had a better understanding of the characters had I read the previous four books--which are now in my Amazon list. Some of the content was a bit difficult to read--the details from Clara's abusive marriage and the things her husband did to her. But these horrific events shaped Clara into the strong and independent woman that she is. I did have to walk away from the book a few times when some of those scenes were particularly graphic or when children are involved. It was gratifying to see how much Clara changed and became a stronger woman. In the end, she stood up for herself and the children. Something that not every abuse victim is able to do. Clara is a woman trapped. For years she was trapped in an abusive marriage to Colin with her two little boys. She did everything to protect her angelic boys from their father. She made sure that she took all of Colin's anger. Finally, she was able to leave and live into a battered women's shelter. The shelter saved her life. Saved her boys.