Published: March 17, 2015
Caroline Cashion, a professor of French literature at Georgetown University, is stunned when an MRI reveals that she has a bullet lodged near the base of her skull. It makes no sense: she has never been shot. She has no entry wound. No scar. When she confronts her parents, they initially profess bewilderment. Then, over the course of one awful evening, she learns the truth: she was adopted when she was three years old, after her real parents were murdered in cold blood. Caroline had been there the night of the attack, and she was hit by a single gunshot to the neck. Buried too deep among vital nerves and blood vessels, the surgeons had left it, and stitched up the traumatized little girl with the bullet still inside.
That was thirty-four years ago.
Now, Caroline returns to her hometown to learn whatever she can about who her parents were and why they died. Along the way she meets a cop who worked the case, who reveals that even after all these years, the police do not have enough evidence to nail their suspect. The killer is still at large. Caroline is in danger: the bullet in her neck could identify the murderer, and he’ll do anything to keep it out of the police hands. Now Caroline will have to decide: run for her life, or stay and fight?
I never imagined that this book would end the way it did when I started listening to it a few days ago. I love it when an author can pull the wool over my eyes and surprise me!
This book had me hooked right away and I couldn’t listen to it fast enough.
Not only did 37-year-old Caroline discover she had a bullet lodged in her neck next to her spine but also that she had been adopted at the age of three because her birth parents had been murdered and that the bullet that killed her mother was the one that was taking up space in her body.
I can’t begin to imagine how she felt, but the author does an excellent job exquisitely describing all her thoughts, good and bad as the story progresses. Does she get the bullet removed, will it help with her wrist pain, should she go to Atlanta to learn about the birth parents, should she turn the bullet over to the Atlanta PD so it can be used as evidence to find the killer? All of these questions, along with more, go through Caroline’s mind as she tries to live her normal life, but with so much changing, does she still want her normal life?
There is a twist that I never saw coming and it changes everything and gets the adrenaline flying even higher. It just goes to show that we never know what we are capable of doing or do we?
Read or listen to this book and find out – you will not be disappointed.
Five stars *****