written by Joseph Finder
published by Dutton Adult/Penguin Book Group
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Did I enjoy this book: Joseph Finder is the master of building tension. The story starts with a hapless schmuck. Finder uses his skills as a writer to carefully develop his schmuck into a hero, and builds a story full of suspense, plot twist, and sympathetic characters in the process.
Many books today are marketed by allowing a reader to sample the first chapter or two. If you like it, you buy the book. As a result, I find myself buying lots of books that open with a bombshell only to have the next two hundred pages read like a bedtime story. Suspicion, on the other hand, gets more exciting with each page.
I’d give this book six stars if the website allowed it. I stayed up late, read through breakfast, even considered putting my kindle in a ziploc so I could read in the shower. I couldn’t put it down.
Would I recommend it: If you get a chance, buy it. Like, right now. It’s that good.
About the book – from Goodreads: The new novel from New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder, “the master of the modern thriller,”* about a father who is forced to make a choice with unspeakable consequences.
When single father Danny Goodman suddenly finds himself unable to afford the private school his teenage daughter adores, he has no one to turn to for financial support.
In what seems like a stroke of brilliant luck, Danny meets Thomas Galvin, the father of his daughter’s new best friend, who also happens to be one of the wealthiest men in Boston. Galvin is aware of Danny’s situation and out of the blue offers a $50,000 loan to help Danny cover his daughter’s tuition. Uncomfortable but desperate, Danny takes the money, promising to pay Galvin back.
What transpires is something Danny never imagined. The moment the money is wired into his account, the DEA comes knocking on his door. Danny’s impossible choice: an indictment for accepting drug money that he can’t afford to fight in court, or an unthinkably treacherous undercover assignment helping the government get close to his new family friend.
As Danny begins to lie to everyone in his life, including those he loves most in the world, he must decide once and for all who the real enemy is or risk losing everything—and everyone—that matters to him.
*The Boston Globe