Author: Tom Savage
Publisher: Random House
Rating: 5 stars
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Blurb: In the adrenaline-laced new novel of suspense from Tom Savage—hailed by Michael Connelly as “a master of the high-speed thriller”—an American actress in Europe races to find the truth behind her husband’s mysterious accident. What she uncovers makes her the target of a shocking conspiracy.
Nora Baron’s life is perfect. She lives on Long Island Sound, teaches acting at a local university, and has a loving family. Then one phone call changes everything. She’s informed that her husband, Jeff, has died in a car crash while on a business trip in England. Nora flies to London to identify the body, which the police have listed as a “John Doe.” When she leaves the morgue, a man tries to steal her purse containing Jeff’s personal effects. Clearly, all is not as it seems.
At her hotel, Nora receives a cryptic message that leaves her with more questions than answers. She follows the message’s instructions to France, where a fatal encounter transforms her into a fugitive. Wanted for murder, on the run in a shadowy landscape of lies, secrets, and sudden violence, Mrs. “John Doe” must play the role of a lifetime to stay one step ahead of a ruthless enemy with deadly plans for her—and for the world.
Review: Good book! Five hearts and five roses for my favorite book of the year!
In case you missed it, I really liked this book. It fired up all my synapses and had me on the edge of my seat from the first chapter to the last. Nora is one of the best female characters I have ever read! She rocked! Nora is an actress and a drama teacher at a small college in New York. She’s been married to Jeff Baron for almost twenty-one years, and they have a twenty year old daughter, Dana. When the story opens, Nora is at home alone. Dana is away at college and Jeff is in England “on business” for his electronics company. The blurb states that Nora received a call stating that her husband has been killed in a car accident. I thought the story was going to be a bit of a downer. Nope. This is where the fun begins.
The temptation to tell more and get all spoilerish is almost overwhelming, but I’ll restrain myself. Darn it. I just want everyone to enjoy this book as much as I did, and the small twists and turns are surprising and kept me turning the pages. The big twist near the end caught me completely off guard! That’s a pretty big deal because I almost always figure out what’s going on! Not in this book.
So. I’ll just talk a little bit more about Nora. This story is told entirely from Nora’s point of view. Tom Savage nailed the way a woman’s mind works…to a tee! For me, that was part of the mystery. How the heck did a male author write the inner workings of a woman’s mind so well? Maybe men pay more attention than we think they do. Well, this man at least. While he was at it, he wrote one of the best supporting characters I have ever read…Jacques! Jacques is Nora’s French chauffeur who has a penchant for using American slang…incorrectly! He’s a hoot! In the midst of all the twists and turns and wondering what the heck Nora had gotten herself into, I was laughing out loud at some Americanism that Jacques screwed up hilariously!
I think I have made it clear how much I love this book. So will you…and your spouse…and your teenage kids. Warning!! Just as you are about to gnaw off your last fingernail, Jacques will say something outrageous and you’ll snort whatever you’re drinking all over your reader. Yeah. I did that.