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- Publisher: Simon & Schuster (November 5, 2019)
- Publication Date: November 5, 2019
- Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07H7TWMQD
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,853 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Gina Kane stretched in her window seat. Her latest prayer had been answered. The door of the jumbo jet was closing and the flight attendants were preparing for takeoff. The middle of the three seats on her side was empty and would remain that way for the sixteen-hour direct flight from Hong Kong to JFK in New York City.
Her second piece of luck was the passenger on the other side of the empty seat. Immediately after buckling himself in, he had taken two Ambien. His eyes were already closed and would remain that way for the next eight hours. That was perfect. She wanted time to think, not make small talk.
It was a trip her parents had spent over a year planning, and they were so excited when they called her to say they had sent in the deposit and were “committed to going.” She remembered her mother saying, as they often did, “We want to do this before we get too old.”
The notion of either of them getting old had seemed so foreign. Both were outdoors enthusiasts, always hiking, walking, and biking. But at her mother’s annual physical, her doctor had spotted an “abnormality.” It was shocking, an inoperable cancerous tumor. She went from being the picture of health to gone in four months.
It was after the funeral that Dad brought up the trip. “I’m going to cancel. When I see the other couples from the hiking club together, it will be too depressing to do it alone.” Gina had made her decision on the spot. “Dad, you’re going, and you’re not going to be there alone. I’m going with you.” They had spent ten days hiking through small villages in mountainous Nepal. After flying with her to Hong Kong, he had taken the direct flight to Miami.
It had been so easy to see and choose the right thing to do. Her father had thoroughly enjoyed the trip. She had as well. She had never once second-guessed her decision to go.
But where was that ability to decide and plow forward when it came to Ted? He was such a good guy. Both of them were thirty-two. He was absolutely certain that she was the person he wanted to spend his life with. Although disappointed that they would be apart for so long, he had encouraged her to accompany her father. “Family should always come first.” It was a line he had said to her many times as they went to gatherings with his bewildering array of relatives.
All that time to think and she was no closer to knowing what to say to Ted. He had a right to know where they were going. How many times can I say, “I just need a little more time”?
As usual, her reflection ended in a stalemate. Longing for any distraction, she opened her iPad and entered the password for her email. The screen immediately filled with “new” messages, ninety-four in total. She typed several keystrokes to make the screen display the emails by the name of the sender. There was no response from CRyan. Surprised and disappointed, she hit NEW, typed in CRyan’s address, and began writing:
Hi C, I hope you received the email I sent ten days ago. I’m very interested in hearing about your “terrible experience.” Please be in touch at your earliest convenience. Best regards, Gina.
Before pressing SEND, she added her phone number after her name.
The only other email she opened was from Ted. She was sure it would say that he had made a plan for them to meet for dinner. And talk. It was with a mixture of relief and disappointment that she read his note.
I’ve been counting the days until I get to see you. I’m sorry to say I’m going to have to keep counting. I leave tonight for a special project the bank put me on. Will be in LA for at least a week. I can’t tell you how disappointed I am.
I promise to make it up to you when I get back. Call you tomorrow.
All my love now,
A voice came over the PA announcing they had been cleared for takeoff and ordering that all electronic devices be powered down. She closed her iPad, yawned, and propped her pillow between her head and the side of the cabin.
The email from ten days earlier, the one that would put her life in danger, remained on her mind as she slowly dozed off.
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My only problem is I didn't want the story to end. It was an enjoyable read, one you wish would keep going. Hopefully we'll see more of Gina, Ted, her Dad etc...... in the future.
This novel is broken up into parts, which I love. I thought we would only have Gina’s perspective, which is the New York protagonist I referred to in the first paragraph. Part one introduces us to Gina and her interest/involvement with Cathy Ryan’s initial tip about bad experiences at REL (Gina initially has no details on those experiences and who’s involved), and then her attempts to follow up on Cathy’s sudden death. In part two, we actually get a firsthand account of the inception and carry-through of REL’s shady maneuvers to hide sexual misconduct by a widely popular news anchor; we get introduced to a myriad of characters, including a few of the victims. Part two becomes a flurry of activity as we learn the various players involved and their individual/collective stakes in the matter.
In part three, all of the characters come together. It’s not really a mystery because the reader pretty much knows exactly what’s going on, with the exception of not knowing who’s orchestrating the murders. It was easy to figure out, even with what was probably meant to be a twist. In all, I really enjoyed the story and the way things played out. The ending happens quickly, but I didn’t mind because I felt like there had been a lot of detail leading up to the conclusion. This story didn’t really feel suspenseful to me, but it was interesting and held my attention as I was anxious for Gina to catch up to what the readers already know.
One gripe is that sometimes chunks of sentences were left italicized when they didn’t need to be (e.g. italics would start to demonstrate a character’s thought, but then would continue for the next several sentences after the thought was over). I don’t know if it was just on the kindle version, but it was distracting.
Meanwhile, REL counsel Michael Carter finds himself in a tricky spot. Several female employees have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct. Carter approaches the CEO, offering to persuade the victims to accept settlements in exchange for their silence. It’s a risky endeavor, but it could well make him rich.
As more allegations emerge and the company’s IPO draws near, Carter’s attempts to keep the story from making headlines are matched only by Gina Kane’s determination to uncover the truth. Was Ryan’s death truly an accident? And when another accuser turns up dead, Gina realizes someone—or some people—will go to depraved lengths to keep the story from seeing the light.
My Thoughts: An enticing MeToo story brings Gina Kane into the thick of a mystery that soon turns to murders in Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry. Alternating narrators reveal the players, and we soon realize that what Gina has discovered is bigger than anyone could have imagined.
The story takes us into Gina’s personal life, too, with her relationship with Ted unexpectedly linked to some of these events. Her father, who has connections to someone who could turn his world upside down, may have a new happily-ever-after, or a disaster waiting to happen.
I like how the author gives us numerous layers to peel back before we find the answers about who is doing what to whom. And I enjoyed realizing that the identity of the murderer would be a surprising reveal. Another 5 star read for me.
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Doch warum müssen zwei der (ehemaligen) Opfer sterben, wenn die ausgehandelten Schweigeabkommen doch sicherstellen müssten, dass niemand von den Vorkommnissen erfährt?
Investigativreporterin macht sich auf, diese Frage zu klären und begibt sich zuletzt selber in Gefahr.
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