reads like a wild cross-country ride at Rolex, Kentucky, complete with twists and turns, stomach-lurching drops, and the steady thrum of adrenaline...Riders everywhere will respond to the underlying theme of horses as the touchstone of Jessica's life, even when it spirals out of control, but it's the thrill of the unraveling mystery, a hint of romance, and a terrifying glimpse into the clandestine terrorists in our midst that will keep readers glued to the pages of this thriller."
- Massachusetts Horse Magazine, "A Wild Ride" Horseperson Profile"I was blown away by how good this book is, from the storyline to the pacing to the writing to the character development. I hadn't felt so engrossed in a thriller since I read the "Girl with Dragon Tattoo" series two years ago. And there are similarities: a young woman hero (although a Boston blue blood instead of a young punker), a dark wintery setting (Boston and the Kentucky mountains instead of Stockholm and Swedish islands) and a male establishment helper (a Boston DA instead of a Stockholm journalist).
The book did what the best books do: it took me on a journey into several worlds I know little about (Boston IRA terrorists, horse breeding/racing, Kentucky small-town living) and left me feeling like I had been in the middle of those worlds."- Lee Carlson, author of "Passage to Nirvana"
"I enjoyed the plot and the twists it took along the way... I appreciated the horse tie-ins that were neither corny nor forced. It's rare for a mainstream novel to seamlessly incorporate an equine element, but Hambley did just that."-The Chronicle of the Horse, Bookshelf Review
Jim Wyeth downshifted and accelerated around a turn, trying to focus on the pull of the engine and the grip of the tires. It was no use. He could still see the powerful body of his horse, Worldwind's Dark Irish, hurtling across the finish line at Suffolk Downs, well in front of the lathered pack. Jim had no time to be happy in his victory when, seconds later, Dark's right foreleg crumpled, pitching his jockey onto the muddy track.
Jessica Wyeth could not have known that her father's victory was the beginning of ruin nor could she fathom a connection between IRA bombings in Belfast to her privileged life in a wealthy suburb of Boston. She was unaware of the behind-the-scenes power that manipulated her family until she was accused of murder. Forced to run from the life she loved, she learned to hide behind stolen identities until she was recognized by the one thing she could not change - her innate ability with horses. Jessica must race to clear her name and her family's reputation before she disappears again.
Set in the rolling hills of Kentucky and the streets of Boston, The Charity
will keep the reader in its grip until the last page is turned.