A debut novel about family, friendship, and first loves—and a painful secret that haunts each character's journey toward forgiveness.
A future as bright as the stars above the Connecticut shore lay before Jensen Reilly and her high school sweetheart, Ryder, until the terrible events of an October night left Jensen running from her family and her first love. Over the years that followed, Jensen buried her painful past and created a new life far away from the unbearable secret of that night.
When Jensen’s father, Sterling, is diagnosed with a brain tumor, she returns to her childhood home for the first time in thirteen years, and the memories of her old life come flooding back along with the people she’s tried to escape. Torn between her life in Santa Fe with her free-spirited husband, Nic, and the realization that it is time to face her past, Jensen must make a terrifying decision.
Praise for Night Blindness:
"Susan Strecker writes with unflinching honesty about the dynamics of a family in crisis, and the fallout of a single rash act. In her beautifully rendered debut novel, she proves that while there are no easy answers, there can be forgiveness and redemption. This is rewarding, up-all-night reading at its best." –Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Engrossing, fast-paced, and filled with layers of emotion. Strecker's honesty about family relationships, and her expert hand at revealing what befalls the Reilly family, had me turning the pages late into the night." –Amy Sue Nathan, author of The Glass Wives
"A beautiful debut filled with perfectly drawn characters, the visceral feel of a New England summer, and a long-buried family secret. I loved every page." –Kristin Harmel, internationally bestselling author of The Sweetness of Forgetting
"An achingly atmospheric novel redolent of the time-blurred past even as it crackles with jealousy, regret, and unresolved passion in the present." –Sophie Littlefield, bestselling author of Garden of Stones
SUSAN STRECKER holds a bachelor of arts degree from Drew University and a master's in marriage and family therapy from Southern Connecticut State University. She resides in Essex, Connecticut, with her husband and two children. Night Blindness is her first novel.