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Going East Hardcover – July 20, 2004

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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Nan A. Talese; First U S Edition edition (July 20, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385510497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385510493
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,165,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luan Gaines HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 20, 2004
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When Mia Taylor loses her entire family in a horrific incident, she loses a way of life and her sense of identity. The well-educated, upper-class Taylors enjoy the best that London society has to offer, a golden existence. Mia could never have anticipated the demise of everything she holds dear, nor can she easily recover from such a blow.
In her mid-twenties, Mia moves to the East End to purge her past and start over in a life unconnected to her history. She spends her energies at a local charitable agency, trying to make a difference to the people who cross the threshold of her new employer. Eventually, of course, Mia will be forced to confront the horrors of the past and deal with the feelings she buried with her family.
Then things get complicated. Mia is challenged in ways she hasn't anticipated, as a voice from the past contacts her and a new romantic interest threatens to arouse her long-dormant emotions. Family history resurfaces with a vengeance and Mia's responds by shutting everything out, even her chance at romance, diving recklessly into the nightmare scenario of the accident, knowing that is where the answers lie. From the world of socialites and high-finance to the mean streets of the East End, Mia follows the meager clues as she uncovers them. It seems she hasn't hidden herself so well, after all, when her old acquaintances are able to track her activities at will.
The more the past encroaches upon the present, Mia is less able to deny the reality of her situation: the two worlds of her life are not nearly as separate as she believed. For all its good manners, the upper-class indulges in the same vices as the poor, if with a bit more discretion.
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