Read my full review @ http://bit.ly/RTrwKPSynopsis: Claire and Charlie McDermott's daughter, Elizabeth Caruthers, has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and requires long hospitalizations and continued care at her parents home. Once her illness is concerned, her narcisstic husband, JT, who runs a high end woman's apparrel shop and thinks that is his destiny, deserts his wife and decides after Liz with her parents after they will no longer give him money to support his fail to continue to be his piggy bank to keep the business. The McDermott's only option is to take JT to court to demand visitation of the children which in his violative personality, doesn't take it well. After Liz wins visitation, an angry JT refuses to comply and makes a drastic decision.My rating: 4 StarsMy opinion: This book has the hallmark high quality writing of Bette Lee Crosby. Her characters are consistently written in a vivid manner as though the reader is following them through a looking glass to the inner sanctum of their lives and her stories are incredibly fast pased. To a point, Cracks in the Sidewalk was no different. However, I felt like I couldn't really get "close" to any of these characters, as I have been able to do with the better chunk of Bette's books. It seemed just from the theme of the story, it was one crisis after another, as a result of the storyline, which really made it difficult to "attach" to any of the characters. One must remember that this book is on several gut wrenching topics wrapped into one story. Now, does that mean that this book garnered less than 4 stars...no way! This book was a solid 4 where, in my ratings, several of Bette's books garnered slightly higher ratings from me. I am very happy that I read it. Now, Bette compares this book to the writing of Jodi Picoult, but Bette consistently produces books that could run circles around the writing of Jodi Picoult, who produces, in my humble opinion, a much more commercial style book. One can NEVER say that about a Bette Lee Crosby novel!