What happens when the center of your universe dies?
Scientists determine the location of black holes by watching the behavior of the matter that surround them. They’re impossible to see on their own as they suck down all light or any probes that might trace their perimeters.
Billy is at the center of Sarah Mayberry’s Within Reach, her death the black hole. She is the impetus for the plot, the invisible force that sets events in motion, but the book isn’t about her. Instead, Within Reach chronicles the lives of those most affected by her absence: her husband Michael, her children Eva and Charlie, and her best friend Angie.
Prior to Billy’s death Angie and Michael were never particularly close. They related to each other through Billy rather than any special personal connection. In the wake of her death they pull together, sharing the devastation of losing the most important person in either of their worlds.
That’s why when Michael needs a kickstart, Angie is the one to give it to him.
You think this half life is doing any of you any good? When was the last time you left the house to do anything other than drop Eva at school or go to the supermarket? When was the last time you did something because you wanted to rather than because you had to?