Author: Maggie Thom
Published: October 2012, Re-release March 19th
Publisher: Quadessence Solutions
Word Count: 97,000
Recommended Age: Teen +
She was kidnapped not once but twice and now someone wants her dead because of it…
Her life was a lie!
Bailey knew her upbringing wasn’t normal but she’s worked hard to stabilize her life. At 29, she finally has a good business, a stable home; her life is miles from that of her childhood. Then suddenly her mother dies, leaving a gaping hole and a discovery that they may not even be related. If Guy, the private investigator is to be believed, her life is a lie. Using the skills she learned on the streets, Bailey travels back through a sketchy and dangerous past, to find answers. Dodging bullets, staying ahead of those who want her dead and convincing Guy she can do it alone, are making it difficult to discover not only the secrets of her mother’s past but that of a family claiming she is theirs.
Everyone seems to have a story… but who’s telling the truth? And who wants her dead? Is Guy part of the solution? Or part of the problem? To discover the facts, she’ll have to untangle a web of deceit, lies, and secrets, dating back over thirty years.
But can she do it in time…
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The main character is 30 year old Bailey. She was a likable character, and as the story progressed, the reactions she had to the situations she finds herself in felt real. Her disbelief and hesitance to trust what she was being told was understandable after growing up not knowing the truth. Guy, a private investigator, was a likable character too. As the story progresses, a relationship forms between the two of them as they uncover clues that had been left for her to piece together what had happened to her and who she really is. Guy's partner at Knights Associates, Graham, is probably my favorite secondary character. I loved the banter between him and Guy. They made a great team as detectives. If there was one character I wanted to slap for various reasons, it was Geoffrey.
This is the first book in the Caspian Wine series, and I really enjoyed it. For anyone who likes mystery and suspense novels, I recommend this book. My rating is 4/5 platypires.
Bailey moved closer to the open door.
“Did you tell her?”
“No.” Something was mumbled she couldn’t make out, then, “…let me worry about that.”
“Donna Saunders aka Donna Zajic, married to Doug Zajic, a Member of Parliament. Donna disappeared in July of 1983. There was suspected abuse. Several calls, no charges. She was never seen again after the early morning of July 6, 1983. There was even question of him murdering her. Since no body, no blood, no sign of foul play, they had to drop it. The car she took when she left was finally recovered in southeast Calgary. Apparently she gave it to some guy at the airport and paid him to park it miles away. No sign of her buying a ticket though, to fly anywhere. I think that’s where Mr. Lund comes in. I’m guessing he’s responsible for getting her a new name. I’m just not clear why. Nor do I understand this next part.” There was silence except for the clacking of the computer keys. “It seems our Mr. Lund was playing a bit of a nasty game. He was getting twenty thousand dollars for territory fees - don’t know what that means - and another twelve thousand for cabin fees from Mr. Zajic and was paying Donna eight thousand dollars. So he pocketed at least twenty-eight thousand dollars a month for himself. Not clear on whether it was agreed upon or what. I’m guessing it was blackmail. The man was a pro. The list of people he was being paid by for some crazy things - everyone from police officers, to lawyers, to judges, to members of parliament. Nasty man. He had to be responsible for Donna’s name change. I just don’t get why.”
“There’s no way in hell my mom was getting eight thousand dollars a month. We lived like rats in the sewer most of the time.”
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