Book Review: What You Wish For by Janet Dawson

What You Wish ForWhat You Wish For
Janet Dawson
Perseverance Press, September 2012
ISBN 978-1-56474-518-7
Trade Paperback

Daytime soap operas have nothing on Janet Dawson‘s latest novel. Vivid memories brought to bear on the present day as four friends struggle with personal and familial issues. From Latin America to San Francisco to Oregon, this a tale woven with strings of heartbreak, discovery, manipulation, and revelations.

Lindsey. Gretchen. Claire. Annabel. Four friends who met in college in San Francisco. Each went onto separate lives, but remained friends. Decades later Annabel suffers a stroke. Her daughter asks Lindsey to look into finding her real father. This is only the tip in this iceberg of a soap opera. Lindsey’s own daughter is back from college and still upset about not knowing HER father. Lindsey’s research into an El Salvadoran massacre brings to light an issue relating to Gretchen’s adopted son. Claire is angling for control of the board of directors at her company now that Annabel is incapacitated and what connection did she have with a coffee kingpin? Connections and complexities all culminate in the forever changing of lives between four friends who thought they knew each other.

Dawson does a wonderful job with detailing the past and making it relevant to the situations in the present. From college days to time in El Salvador, the intermingling circumstances make for an inevitable conflict between the parties involved. While some of the answers are easy to figure out, there are still some surprises left to keep the pages turning.

Reviewed by Stephen L. Brayton, February 2013.
Author of Night Shadows, Beta and Alpha.