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While driving along a suburban back road, Hilary Blum, who's just lost her job and whose deadbeat husband has left her alone to care for her son with Asperger's, witnesses a freakish accident. A car ahead of her careens down a hill and slams into a tree. Stopping to help, she discovers the driver dead - and a satchel stuffed with a half a million dollars.
That money could prevent her family's ruin and keep her special-needs son in school. In an instant, this honest, achieving woman who has always done the responsible thing makes a decision that puts her in the center of maelstrom of dark consequences and life-threatening recriminations - a terrifying scheme involving a 20-year-old murder, an old woman who's life has been washed out to sea, and a powerful figure bent to keep the secret that can destroy him hidden.
With everything to lose, everything she loves, Hilary connects to a determined cop from Staten Island, reeling from the disaster of Sandy, to bring down an enemy who will stop at nothing to keep what that money was meant to silence, still buried.
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By shelley on 07-03-18
Protagonist is missing a moral compass!
Another excellent book by Andrew Gross.
As others people have written in reviews, the protagonist in this book is not a very likable character. Hilary had been married to a wealthy man but is now divorced and he of course is a dead beat dad. They have one son with Asperger's syndrome. She has gotten him into a private school for children on the autism spectrum and he's doing very well. Now she's lost her job. She's kept her upscale home in Westchester, NY. She has kept all of her expensive jewelry and maintained her lifestyle of mani/ pedicures, Starbucks daily, nights out with the girls, housekeeper and exercise classes a few times per week.
When a man hit a deer and goes off the road she tried to help him but it's too late, he's dead. On the passenger side there is a satchel with $500K cash. She throws it into the woods and waits to see if it get reported as missing. Meanwhile another good samaritan stops and Hilary leaves him with the body saying she has to pick up her son. She just doesn't want to be connected to the dead man or his money.
Anyway, a series of events including the murder of the other other man at the accident scene makes her decide to return the money to the family but they don't know where it came from either.
Hilary's sense of entitlement is a real put off. Her only saving quality is that she seems to be a good and very concerned mother. Quite a few people are killed over this cash, some sadly unexpected.
The story behind where the money came from is intriguing and makes up for the short comings of the protagonist.
I might not have liked her but the book sure held my attention.
Tavia Gilbert narration was a bit slow and I had to turn the speed up to 1.5.
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By Jacqui on 09-11-16
I couldn't listen to this all thru. The reader was absolutely hysterical & it grated on me. I skipped to the last chapter to end it quickly. I just couldn't listen to it all. The story was ok but listening to it was like listening to chalk scratching on a blackboard. It grated.
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