One Simple Thing tells the story of three lives that intersect in varying ways because of 2 criminals who ultimately belong behind bars. We watch the story unfold through Louis, Rodney, and Nadine. Three people of vastly different ages and are seemingly unconnected. You get a bit of the rough life with Nadine, the day to day of being a sheriff, and taking care of a brother with dementia in Louis, and adjusting to life with your mother’s new boyfriend, who is a petty criminal, with Rodney. Through Read’s storytelling, we watch these lives eventually intersect.
The interesting thing about reading this was that you didn’t feel that you were reading a crime thriller or detective novel, per se. It’s an easy laid back unfolding of the story that is in no rush to put these three together. Overall, it was an enjoyable read, and I look forward to reading more of the author’s work.