Thursday, October 9, 2014

Love, Theft, and Deception


Julie is terrified of being found. Back in Garland, Tennessee she was known as Grace. Now she calls herself Julie, lives in a rented room in Paris, and works as a restorer of antiques. At night she checks the news from home desperate to find out when two young men will be paroled. She's married to one, in love with the other, and she's terribly afraid that they will come after her.

They went to prison for a bungled robbery. At the time she was safely in Prague taking classes and refused to come home to support her husband. She doesn't know what to expect now that they're out, since she was the one who planned the crime

The book starts slowly. We gradually learn who Julie is and why she's so afraid. Her life in Paris is laced with flashbacks that gradually give us a picture of Grace before she fled Garland. After the slow start the novel picks up and the ending is quite fast paced.

If you enjoy psychological thrillers, you may like this book. It is more of a literary novel than your typical crime thriller. T
he focus is on Grace's character development. Teenage romance and the antique restoration business add appealing elements to the novel.

I reviewed this book for Net Galley.