Crimson Footprints II continues the story of Dee and Tak, while treating us to stories involving secondary characters. It takes place years after Dee and Tak’s marriage and the arrival of their daughter. Ms. Pugh opens the door to their marriage, the good and the bad. Similar to Crimson Footprints, this book explores dealing with the past, family, forgiveness, and learning to love one’s self while giving me a healthy dose of drama, suspense, and a side of redemption, which is a good thing. I liked how Ms. Pugh’s characters seem to come to life on page, while she paints a vivid picture of how certain circumstances have lasting effects.
The book opens with the journey of a young boy, Tony, as he hitchhikes from North Dakota to Miami. Tony’s story is riveting and I couldn’t help but root for him.
I also enjoyed the focus on Lizzie and Kenji. Kenji is Tak’s brother, while Lizzie is Deena’s sister. Lizzie has a troubled past of drugs, prostitution, and Snow. Kenji is an architect who has trouble living up to his father’s expectations. I love getting to know them better, while following the evolution of Dee and Tak’s relationship.
In addition, I got to learn more about Dee’s parents, which adds an element of drama that I wasn’t expecting.
Ms. Pugh has a knack for creating root-worthy, believable, and well-developed characters. She takes us on a journey, full of twists and turns. I can’t help but want to know more about their lives. I enjoyed the attention to detail and the opportunity to know more about the characters and their families.
This book is well-written, a page-turner from beginning to end. I enjoyed it as much, if not even more, than the first book.
-Reviewed by Leslie