Danny Goodman is a single dad who wants to provide his daughter with the very best things in life….at any cost. Sadly, that cost is rapidly mounting.
He can no longer afford to pay her private school tuition and has no one to turn to for any financial support or to borrow money.
Just when he is in desperate straights, a solution presents itself.
His daughters new best friend has a very very wealthy father. In fact he’s one of the wealthiest men in Boston.
When Thomas Galvin offers Danny $50,000 as a charitable gift, he sees no harm in accepting it.
The next thing Danny knows, the DEA is on his doorstep demanding answers and he’s faced with an impossible choice. He’s got two options…neither one he likes very much. He can either go to jail for accepting the money or he can go undercover and help the DEA with their case.
Naturally he’s going to pick the get out of jail free card and go undercover. But soon, the reality of his situation catches up to him. He’s lying to everyone he knows and trying to infiltrate a dangerous drug cartel that could potentially bring hard to all those that he loves.
I love books where I immediately feel a connection to the main character. When we first meet Danny, he’s so likable and endearing especially when it comes to his daughter. He really wants to do right by her and that comes across well in our introduction to him.
There was clearly something off about Thomas Galvin….he’s so smarmy and completely untrust worthy. Who just offers up $50K with no real ‘strings’ attached? I was screaming in my mind NO DON’T DO IT DANNY!
After connecting to Danny from the get go, I took the whole offer very personal and found myself wondering if I would do that for my child…would I take the money so they could have that opportunity? I don’t know, but I would like to think not! So that made an immediate connection and investment into the story for me.
Throughout the novel, I was so anxious for Danny….ever little twist and turn I kept wondering ‘oh no is he going to get caught’. I was literally on pins and needles for him! That’s what I loved most about this novel…it was completely character driven and an emotional investment was made between reader and character right away.
There were parts of the novel that left me wondering a little at the common sense of the characters….while I liked Danny and felt connected to him sometimes I found his judgement wanting and unsound. On one hand I could see why he would make some of the choices that he did…he loves his daughter etc, but on the other hand I was like really you went with THAT choice?
I tried not to read too much into the choices he made though, after all they were the catalyst that drives the novel’s plot and it’s meant to be a thriller/suspense novel, not a non-fiction piece.
Though it was bumpy in spots, this would be a great vacation/beach read. It’s an action driven, suspenseful novel that takes you into the seedy underground world of the drug trade and keeps you guessing to the very end!
- Kindle Edition, 400 pages
- Published May 27th 2014 by Dutton Adult
- ASIN B00G3L7VDE
- Review copy provided by: Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Recommendation: 4 out of 5
Genre: Suspense, thriller, spy novel
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