Communities have a soul, a sort of shared ethic which leaks through all the lives inside of it. In places where life is a certain way, people think and act a certain way inside of that place. Neighbors usually tend to be somewhat alike, neighborhoods have a shared feeling about them. This can be a good thing. It is, after all, what makes most neighborhoods worth living in.

But what if the neighborhood is rotten? What if something is wrong and things are not as they seem? Indeed this is the greatest problem of suburban America and the problem Evelyn Cole seeks to explore in her newest novel, For The Sake Of All Others.

The story takes place in sunny Southern California, a land of privilege. Hal Martin is our protagonist, a man with an oddly middle-class ethos, working as the principal at the town’s high school. Suicide rocks the rich town with the self hanging of Jason Foster, star basketball player at Martin’s high school and one of his closest student friends. What follows is a headlong plunge into deception, rotten cores of life, and nothing which is as it first appears to be.

This intriguing and worthwhile read is not simply a treatise on suicide. It examines class, wealth, sexual mores, and the worth of family. Hal Martin acts almost as an extension of the middle class readers of this book, saying and doing the same things we most likely would when faced with a society such as this one. Most characters sparkle and shine as accessories to the plot and we feel what they are feeling.

Evelyn Cole has created a book well worth the time it takes to read it. The perspectives and lessons within these 200 pages are ones which will stick with the reader for quite some time.

The book is available at Amazon.com.

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