Emily’s Wish by Jeff Napolitano

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    While the overall context of the story will undoubtedly draw comparisons to Patrick Quinlan and Dennis Lehane, Napolitano masterfully weaves into his story the issues we avoid in everyday human experience, yet are equally disturbed by and curious about the evil depths of man.

    Some never understand what we do to our children, and what they will eventually grow up to be because of what we didn’t do.

    When a young girl stepped into a Cadillac on a cold and miserable night, Emily Miller had no idea the boy she fell in love with would somehow save her one day. A boy she loved was in that car with her when they witnessed a crime. Her solemn moments of hope rested in what she didn’t know, protection from the mob while she confessed to it.

    Emily’s love for the son of the mob develops into an inseparable mess, but together she runs with him on a journey-filled dream, only to take her misery to the end of a river that ends with hope.

    A harrowing tale of four young kids attached to families they can never be free from decide there’s only one way to live.

    From Jeff Napolitano:

    Jeff Napolitano
    Jeff Napolitano

    Recently signed by California Times Publishing, Los Angeles, the voice that finally connected Napolitano with his audience contained a style that grappled with true-type events while battling the integrity of one’s imagination.

    As a former teacher in education for over a decade, Napolitano captured stories of the damaged children of missing love and no protection. He mixed that with his Italian roots and children’s dreams of power and people who could fix things.

    The Cadillac River series begins with troubled kids, and continues along with them as adults on River Road.

    This series is filled with heart, and a lot of pain to go with it. “The first book is tough, because as you’re reading words through a child’s mind.” Twisted River is really a good book to start with, and then Emily’s Wish makes more sense when you go back to reveal their roots,” Napolitano stated.

    This was a story that developed over a period of twenty years, but Napolitano’s heart was never strong enough to tell it. Now, after holding onto it for so long, it was hurting more inside, than it was to finally let it go.

    The story is fictional, yet it comes from true places.

    Review by Anne Carlisle:

    There are some stories that are too painful not to be told. Jeff Napolitano’s Cadillac River tells us one of those stories. It pulls no punches. It focuses on a sensitive topic, child abuse, one that bears witnessing in our culture.

    The novel has a physical immediacy that hooks me from the opening sentence. I feel the cold and smell the grit of life in an underworld we don’t like to think about, much less enter: on the streets, or in a house that turns out to belong to the Mafia. I admire the writer’s skill with POV nuances.

    The perspective shifts from key character to key character, but he makes sure we stay with him. A girl and a boy form a lasting friendship in a terrible environment. Their love transcends it. Their gang of four journeys toward redemption, an epiphanic moment in a river that cleanses them and changes everything.

    A gripping, suspenseful work of social justice has been written by Mr. Napolitano.

    Review by B. Martinez:

    Napolitano has carved out a new genre, and it’s called the thriller-crime-social justice novel. The pacing of this story kept me enthralled and looking out for the next twist and Napolitano does this without sacrificing an ounce of character.

    While the overall context of the story will undoubtedly draw comparisons to Patrick Quinlan and Dennis Lehane, Napolitano masterfully weaves into his story the issues we avoid in everyday human experience, yet are equally disturbed by and curious about the evil depths of man.

    Where other exceptional writers have “dipped their toes in the water” of these tough subjects, Napolitano not only drives it at the center of his story, he also smacks right on the face.

     

    Review by Steve:

    This heartbreaker of a story shows the truths of two dysfunctional family products that mend together to create a spiraling love. Christian and Emily are just two young kids fighting for a normal life and it is their parents that try to ruin them.

    With a twist of revenge and what the Mafia can do, it’s an incredible romantic tale that makes for a romance you root for, but these are never pretty.

    However, this could easily turn into an incredible series or even motion picture one day.