March 12, 2009

Review: The Girl She Used To Be by David Cristofano

Courtesy of Hachette Book Group

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After 20 years in the Witness Protection Program, the girl that used to be Melody Grace McCartney has once again been forced to drop everything, change her name and relocate. But the funny thing is that this move is Melanie’s choice. Bored with her current identity, she fakes receiving a call from someone in the Bovaro family. At six, she and her parents witnessed a murder by Tony Bovaro and later her parents were tracked down and murdered by someone in Tony’s family.

As she’s whisked away towards another life she finds herself attracted to the US Marshall assigned to her. But late one night Melody is awakened to a knife being held to her throat by Jonathan Bovaro. With an unexpected twist Jonathan is not there to kill her but to make her understand that not all of his family are the monsters everyone believes them to be. Torn between the two men, Melody doesn’t know who she can trust with her life and has some serious decisions to make.

I loved the beginning of this book. When I first realized that Melody was intentionally putting herself on the run it had me intrigued. I wondered about her mental health and continued to do so even more throughout the book. I actually found it a little hard to like Melody but by the end of the book I was rooting for her.

The story has a couple of twists thrown in and isn’t at all predictable which made me enjoy it even more. I can’t pinpoint a specific genre for this other than general fiction and I recommend it for anyone who loves story with a twist.


bermudaonion said...

I'm looking forward to reading this one. Thanks for the review!

Ladytink_534 said...

I heard about this the other day and I can't help but be a little curious!

Vikke said...

You make it sound interesting. It is always a good sign when a character in a book or a movie can make one feel~~be it pity, scorn, like or dislike. Thanks for the review.