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Down To The Needle by [Deal, Mary]
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Editorial Reviews


I read Down to the Needle for a second time I was pulled into its magnetic spell. This afternoon I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat for a long while as the suspense grew to a crescendo. Mary you out did yourself in this powerful work. Your changes tricked me into fearing the ending would be different. I clung to my shreds of tissue as I hoped for a happy ending. Every step of the way you delivered, and delivered, and delivered. Brilliant! Elizabeth Sullivan, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Somerset, California

Mary Deal's writing is unique and highly compelling, with a  narrative voice that is hypnotic. Down to the Needle has a labyrinthine plot, a  conflict that is monumental, and characters that readers will relate to easily.The emotion comes out strongly and readers can't help but sympathize with her  characters. A woman who has lost a daughter for two decades will certainly  attract the attention of any reader, but when it is possible that a person  abducted two decades ago is alive and could be facing death for a crime they  never committed, it becomes more than an interesting plot element -- it becomes  an irresistible hook. It's a very suspenseful read, to say the least. The  ending will surprise readers. ~ Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
Down to the Needle is a story that has huge potential to blow the reader's mind. Cleverly plotted and masterfully accomplished, Down to the Needle by Mary Deal is a great entry in the genres of suspense, mystery,and thriller, a story that follows one woman's gritty investigation to solve an abduction that happened twenty-three years ago. It takes a lot of cleverness and skill to weave a yarn that combines strong elements from different genres into a satisfying read, and Deal has that skill.... This is the book for you if you love well-imagined and rock-solid characters, stories that are character-driven with sophisticated plot lines. I enjoyed the gritty investigation and the complexities in the plot. The reader is immediately excited to find out what could happen next, thanks to the well-crafted hook,the enticing prose, and the lively dialogues. ~ Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite
Down To The Needle is a page turner that will have you riveted right to the end. Down To The Needle is a great concept: a desperate mother searching for her daughter, then after more than two decades, finding she might be on Death Row awaiting execution for a crime she says she didn't commit. And the date for her death by lethal injection is imminent. There's nothing like a ticking clock to get the adrenaline flowing. There is also a sense of mystery throughout as Mary Deal never allows her reader to know whether or not Megan really is Abi's daughter. No matter what tidbit of information is revealed, there's always an element of doubt. And, speaking of the end, the author's vivid description of life on Death Row reveals either extraordinary insight or painstaking research. ~ Darryl Greer for Readers' Favorite
This is not a one-dimensional story.... Although there are many things for which I would sing the praises of the author, I am extremely fascinated by Mary Deal's knowledge in many aspects of lethal injection, art,and law. She has done her research in this book. The story develops splendidly and keeps the reader filled with several emotions. The author has included many elements and they all work together to keep the plot intriguing. Mary Deal has paid attention to even the smallest details and written the characters' behavior and actions according to the requirement of the plot. This keen observational skill helped me connect with all the characters. I could understand their fears and strengths among other things. There are many characters and each one of them has a significant role in the plot. ~ Ankita Shukla for Readers' Favorite
Down to the Needle is more than just another engaging mystery: it's an exploration of what makes people tick, and how our life experiences can, and do, alter any original plans we might have had. As one reads, courtesy of Mary Deal's character revealing skills, one is caught up as much in this mother's heartache and longing for her long-lost child as in the mystery gradually evolving and involving another young woman. Several mysteries intersect in Down to the Needle, each of them intriguing. The twists and turns are plentiful and there is no way this reviewer will spoil your enjoyment of trying to put all the pieces together. But as you do, if you're at all romantic and care about people as Mary Deal obviously does, you'll be as interested in not just what happens with Abi, Joe, Margaret, Megan, and Becky but why. The why is the propelling force behind the plot for, after all, it's people who determine what happens next since one can ever really know what makes people do what they do.... ~ Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
Taut,riveting, and action-packed, Down To The Needle is a nail-biting page turner. Splendidly crafted by author Mary Deal, this engaging suspense thriller takes the reader on a fast-paced thrill ride through one determined woman's unyielding crusade for ultimate justice. As Abigail fights fervently to honor her parental obligations to her daughter, readers are sure to connect both spiritually and emotionally with her heartrending sojourn for vindication. With driving action and intense plot lines, Down To The Needle is a standout mystery thriller from a solid literary talent. ~ Renee Washburn, Apex Reviews
What a twisted story! The psychology of it left me breathless. ~ Bonnie Schenck, Kapaa, Hawaii
A heart-wrenching mystery that leads you down a very crooked road. Mary Deal captures the emotions of her characters so that we know them well, yet, can never anticipate their next moves. ~ Brian L Porter, Award-winning Author
The characters in Down to the Needle were interesting and engaging. I never knew what was going to happen next... which is the mark of a good mystery. The author, Mary Deal, gets you in her grasp and doesn't let go until the very last page. ~ Leanna Kay Noble, Encino, California

From the Author

While researching on the Internet one day, I came across articles about Sister Prejean and her counseling work with prisoners facing the death penalty. Sister Prejean offered solace to the inmates, particularly just before they were executed. The entire scenario triggered something in my mind. What happens to the families of the innocent who are put to death?
No sooner had I had that thought when a plot formulated in my mind. Almost the entire story tumbled out. I had a new book to develop. My story would be about a person who was only a few months away from lethal injection for a crime she didn't commit. I complicated my plot with the fact that the inmate may well have been lost to her family, not knowing someone searched for her for decades.

Product details

  • File Size: 537 KB
  • Print Length: 381 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1981155708
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Creativia; 2 edition (November 8, 2017)
  • Publication Date: November 8, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0779FPR7D
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,951 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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