I am overjoyed to have my daughter (the Jellybean’s mama!) visiting the blog today with a guest review post. We recently went on vacation and my sweet, darling Erica picked up one of my books I had for review. You are most definitely in for a treat, as I’ve found Erica’s taste in books to be impeccable ~ Enjoy!Playing Dead by Julia Heaberlin Published May 29, 2012 362 pages
When Tommie McCloud returns home to attend her father’s funeral, she receives yet another life-altering blow – this time in the form of a pink, perfume sprayed letter. The letter’s author, Rosalina Marchetti, claims that her own daughter was kidnapped thirty-one years ago. “I’ve spent most of my life searching for you,” she says, “I believe you are my daughter.”
The woman Tommie has always known as ‘Mom’ can’t answer any questions – Alzheimer’s has deteriorated her mind past recognition. So, Tommie sets out to figure things out on her own, initially. But when things start to get messy, Tommie enlists the help of a few wonderfully complex characters – her younger sister, Sadie, an artist who lives in a double-wide despite having a rather large bank account, an ex-boyfriend, Hudson, who is both terribly tough and super soft, and a no-nonsense journalist who tells everything like it is.
Each chapter left me yearning for more, and “just one more page, sweetie,” had a funny way of turning into ten more than once. The plot was intriguing, the setting was beautifully described, and the characters were unique while still remaining believable. “Playing Dead” is a definite page-turner and will keep you guessing right up to the end!
Many thanks to the publisher for the complimentary review copy.