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Sunday, April 10, 2016

How Well Do You Really Want to Know The Girl From Home?

Adam Mitzner's The Girl From Home is a touch of suspense, a bit of a mystery, and part of a legal thriller rolled into one. Here's the issue, I didn't like any of the characters.



Jonathan Caine has it all. He's a Wall Street guru. He has a younger, desirable wife. He has his penthouse condo in Manhattan and is looking into a summer home in Long Island. He even has his cherished Bentley. Jonathan also takes some risks and it's those risks that land him in a lot of hot water.

Suddenly, Jonathan has no job, no home, and no money. His dad's health is declining, so he heads to his childhood home to spend time with his father while he has the chance. While in town, he attends his 25th high school reunion. There, he chats with Jackie, the girl who had it all, and soon the pair are on the brink of more than friendship, something Jackie's abusive husband will not approve of.

Jonathan is as unlikable as they come. Early in the story, he's handed a $15 million yearly bonus, on top of his $500,000 a year salary. When he starts complaining about that $15 million bonus, I lost any interest in his character.

Jackie is a little better, though she's still lacking any common sense. She married the football quarterback and has put up with his abuse for years. She came off as a smart woman, but she really makes some foolish mistakes that also made me really not care much for her.

The book does start in the present, go back in time, and then move forward again. When readers first meet Jonathan, he's in a cell uncertain of what is going to happen. Will the woman he loves turn on him or not? That's probably the biggest part of the suspense - what will happen to him. I can't give away spoilers, but I'll be curious to see what others think of the ending. Feel free to head to the comments to discuss it.

From there, The Girl From Home bounces back to his job, his wife, his lifestyle and then the events that lead to all of the pieces of his perfect life crumbling to dust. I have to admit that the cynical side of me was happy to see him get knocked down. For that Adam Mitzner has kudos coming, for as much as I hated Jonathan's character, I couldn't stop reading.




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