This Daniel Krause review of The Long Way Home in Booklist sailed under my radar on publication, but is now posted on the book’s Amazon site (click the link). Booklist is a major trade publication for school and public libraries. Here’s the review:
“Unfortunately for Charlie, little has changed since the climax of The Last Thing I Remember (2009). He is still on the run from both the cops (who think he killed his friend Alex) and a group of terrorists known as the Homelanders (who may have brainwashed Charlie during his yearlong fugue state). Eager to clear his name, Charlie heads back to the most dangerous spot of all, the hometown where it all happened, and takes up residence in an abandoned house. Soon his old buddies—as well as the girlfriend he doesn’t remember—are pledging to help him operate covertly. Some readers may chafe at Klavan’s apparent conservative leanings, which come off more strongly in this volume. Also stronger, however, is everything else: Charlie’s ache for a normal life, action sequences that never let up, and showy set pieces (escaping a library, investigating a haunted house, even downloading software) that are wrung for every possible drop of nervous sweat. Best of all, unlike many second chapters, this one pays off with some seriously heavy revelations. ”
Wonder if they would have had the same caveat for a liberal point of view. I don’t really wonder.