Book Review: WHAT COULD BE SAVED (⭐⭐⭐⭐) by Liese O’Halloran Schwarz
Genre: Historical Fiction
Forty years after Laura’s brother, Philip, went missing in Thailand at only 8 years old, Laura locates him alive and well. Is it really him, and if so, where has he been all this time?
Alternating between 1972 Thailand and present day (2019) Washington DC, What Could Be Saved is about a wealthy, American family living in Thailand because the father, Robert, is working as an intelligence agent during the Vietnam War. The family was only supposed to be there a year, but four years later, his wife, Genevieve, is extremely homesick and engages in an illicit affair with Robert’s boss.
Did their actions lead to the disappearance of their only son, Philip? As the story progresses, more and more details about Philip’s disappearance are slowly revealed. Even though the story was at times heartbreaking and sad, it ends on a hopeful note, and I’d recommend it for fans of historical fiction and/or family drama.
“My life hasn’t been worthless, just because it wasn’t the life I would have had.”
Location: 2019 Washington DC and 1972 Bangkok, Thailand
I received an advance copy of this book. All opinions are my own.