John Manning is a devoted and loving single father who is compelled to make some difficult choices he could never have envisioned. Committed to his daughter and her well-being he is a man of deep moral conviction and sense of family. He is also committed to the success of his travel agency and when the economy takes a hit after the tragic events of Sept. 11th he desperately searches for a way to survive.
The character of John Manning is extremely well developed and relatable on all levels. He brings the story to life as his inner turmoil when facing his fears and the complexities in his life force him to make some extreme choices.
The cast of characters surrounding John are so multi-dimensional and realistic that I also felt their emotional upheaval throughout the book. The dialogue between the characters is fluid and believable which is a direct result of the fine writing in this book. The characters, as well as the moral struggles they face, are relevant and compelled me to examine my own decisions should I be faced with the same intense circumstances.
Shades Of Gray is a compelling story that will hold you captive as the drama and tension unfold. I recommend this book to all readers who want to be invested in a story that will lead you to a conclusion that is emotionally staggering.