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D'Ancona's smart, riveting thriller opens with a bang when political consultant Mia Taylor, who slipped away from a family celebration to meet her boss and lover, returns to find her whole charming, upper-crust family killed in a bomb blast. An Irish terror group claims responsibility, and Mia, stunned by her loss, puts her money in trust, quits her job, abandons her lover (wily politician Miles Anderton) and takes a job at an alternative health center in London's down-and-out East End. Mia adapts to her surroundings with surprising ease, but she also begins making inquiries into the bombing. The first lead dead-ends with a dead mobster, but after the center is bombed as well, Taylor steps up her search and hits the mother lode when she learns the full implications of her brother Ben's side business as a high-tech money launderer. A reunion with Anderton reveals his duplicity and leads to one of his political rivals, and D'Ancona follows up with a gratifying ending in which Mia gets her revenge on a surprise villain. Strong plotting is the key to the book, but its heart and soul is grieving, fierce Mia and the fascinating new world in which she must forge her path.
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D'Ancona's debut novel opens with an idyllic family gathering. The Taylors have gathered for a family picnic to celebrate son Ben's thirtieth birthday. Eldest daughter Mia is late, caught up in her duties to Miles Anderton, an aspiring member of Parliament. When she arrives at Ben's house, she finds it burning. A bomb went off inside, killing her entire family. An Irish revolutionary sect claims responsibility, saying the Irishman next door was the target. Accepting this explanation, Mia retreats from her posh life to the east side of London to work at the Echinacea Center, a health/fitness/wellness center. Three years later, doubts about the real reason behind her family's murders intrude on her life in the form of her father's mistress and her brother's best friend, whose appearances force Mia to attempt to untangle the complex truth behind the bombing. Although the novel lags after the explosion as Mia wanders through her new life, once she begins to look into the true reasons behind her family's deaths, it picks up considerable speed and intensity. Kristine Huntley
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