This is a fast read book. Finished it in one sitting. Would be great for those who are traveling for a few hours on a plane or by car. They can keep their mind engaged and entertained by a story that is both suspenseful and mysterious. First, what I found a bit distracting and even annoying: the inadequate proofing. It’s a bit off-putting to see the same words used 2 to 3 times on a page, extra spaces between words and at times, even missing words.
Now let’s get to the narrative. A father who was irresponsible to care for his daughters in life becomes a liability to them upon death. His gambling addiction leads to the loss of everything he owns, including the people who are near and dear to him: his wife and two daughters. The older of the siblings, Leanne, becomes the guardian and supporter of the younger sister, Denise, when the mother, penniless herself, vanishes. The father who owes a lot of money to a New York crime family eventually kills himself. As the story develops, we learn that Leanne now becomes the bearer of her father’s debts, not by court ruling but by the demand put forth by one of the crime family’s member. He levies a huge monthly payment, an amount not payable from the girl’s meager monthly salary. When she fails to pay it, she gets kidnapped by the agents of the same family member. What happens to Leanne after she gets taken away turns out to be a rediscovery of her past association and the beginning of a life she could only dream of. In all, this turns out to be an intriguing, heart-warming parable!