Gavin, our main character in this story, lost his younger brother when he died after being hit by a truck, when aged seven, with Gavin being eleven at the time. From that point onward it appears Gavin's life is dictated and defined by that single event. His relationships with his family and his friends are entirely centered around that tragic event of so many years previously.
I enjoyed the story and I enjoyed the ensemble cast of characters, as I always do in a Griffith's novel. Although there is usually an element of repetition and revisiting emotions and events in all of Griffith's work, I did feel it was slightly overdone in A Life for a Life. That having been said, I found Gavin, as a character, very easy to identify and to get into his head. Griffiths takes us on a roller-coaster of emotions that lead inexorably to the climactic event that will define this story.
Just as an aside, I absolutely love this cover. I think the designer has done a masterful job in portraying the gist of this story.
Griffiths has a unique voice in the world of "Indie" Authors and it is a voice that needs to be heard. He is the consummate storyteller and for that reason, I will always choose content over form. Griffiths content is hard to ignore and hopefully there is much more to come from this prolific and unique author. More power to him!