A Sort of Homecoming

The title to U2’s A Sort of Homecoming comes to mind as I reflect on my week.

Returning to my hometown in Newfoundland and Labrador has been a great experience, not only for me, but also for my wife and our kids. Reconnecting with family and friends has been fantastic, as has revisiting old schools, family homes, and neighbourhoods-essentially, my childhood.

Chris Ryder’s homecoming in The Killer Trail is not quite so pleasant. In his attempt to uncover the truth about his past, Chris reluctantly returns to his hometown to confront his estranged father. The prospect of seeing his father again brings with it a flood of memories-memories he had worked hard to forget. But Ray Owens’s emergence in his life forces Chris to return to his past. And if he doesn’t come to terms with his past, he runs the risk of jeopardizing his future, and the futures of those he holds close to him.

I am grateful for the fact that my life is a lot less tumultuous than Chris Ryder’s!

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