A determined, (down on her luck) mother caring for her handicapped son becomes entangled in a murderous conspiracy to keep a 20-year-old secret buried in this blistering thriller, set during the tragic aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, from Andrew Gross, the New York Times best-selling author of 15 Seconds and No Way Back.
While driving along a suburban back road, Hilary Blum, who's just lost her job and whose deadbeat husband has left her alone to care for her son with Asperger's, witnesses a freakish accident. A car ahead of her careens down a hill and slams into a tree. Stopping to help, she discovers the driver dead - and a satchel stuffed with a half a million dollars.
That money could prevent her family's ruin and keep her special-needs son in school. In an instant, this honest, achieving woman who has always done the responsible thing makes a decision that puts her in the center of maelstrom of dark consequences and life-threatening recriminations - a terrifying scheme involving a 20-year-old murder, an old woman who's life has been washed out to sea, and a powerful figure bent to keep the secret that can destroy him hidden.
With everything to lose, everything she loves, Hilary connects to a determined cop from Staten Island, reeling from the disaster of Sandy, to bring down an enemy who will stop at nothing to keep what that money was meant to silence, still buried.
©2014 Andrew Gross (P)2014 HarperCollinsPublishers
The narrator uses a whiney, shrill, and frantic voice for the female character throughout the book. The voice is so annoying that it literally ruins the listening experience. I do not recommend purchasing this audiobook.
I couldn't listen to this all thru. The reader was absolutely hysterical & it grated on me. I skipped to the last chapter to end it quickly. I just couldn't listen to it all. The story was ok but listening to it was like listening to chalk scratching on a blackboard. It grated.
If I changed anything, it wouldn't be the same book. The mother's sense of entitlement led to her downfall.
The book would be more enjoyable if the mother had actually taken responsibility for trying to make ends meet. She needs money, but lives in a palatial house (ok, it's all about the school district), but she can't sell her jewelry???
If you listened to Be Frank with Me (with Tavia Gilbert as the narrator), you'll keep thinking it's Frank talking as she used the same voice for the son in this book.
Say something about yourself!
The narrator was fine. She kept the story moving along. I thought from the description that the story would have more action, be more exciting. Maybe I'll give it a second listen just in case I missed something.
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