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Before He Finds Her: A Novel

Автором Michael Kardos

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Before He Finds Her: A Novel

Автором Michael Kardos

оценки:
4/5 (10 оценки)
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395 pages
5 hours
Издано:
Feb 3, 2015
ISBN:
9780802191618
Формат:
Книге

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A girl in witness protection hunts for her fugitive father in this thriller with “an ending you don’t see coming” (The New York Times Book Review).
 
Everyone in the quiet Jersey Shore town of Silver Bay knows the story. One day in the early 1990s, Ramsey Miller threw a blowout block party—then murdered his beautiful wife and three-year-old daughter.
 
But everyone is wrong. The daughter got away. Under another name, she has spent the last fifteen years in small-town West Virginia as part of the witness protection program. She has never been allowed to travel, go to a school dance, or even get onto the internet at home. Precautions must be taken at every turn, because Ramsey Miller was never caught and might still be looking for his daughter.
 
But now she has a pressing reason to defy her guardians and take matters into her own hands. Returning to Silver Bay, she hopes to do what the authorities have failed to do: find her father before he finds her . . .
 
“A compelling story about sad truths, loss, and resilience . . . should make fantastic fodder for book-group discussions.” —Booklist
 
“[An] outstanding crime thriller.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
 
“Read the first page and kiss the next 24 hours goodbye.” —Jeffery Deaver
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ISBN:
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  • (4/5)
    Melanie Denison has grown up in Fredonia WV. Her loving aunt and uncle have raised her since her mother was killed when Melanie was only three years old. No one knows the whereabouts of Melanie’s father after he threw a block party and then killed his wife and supposedly Melanie. Melanie and her aunt and uncle are part of the Witness Protection Program. Melanie’s real name is Meg Miller. It is believed that her father killed her mother and Meg. The mother’s body was found in a fire pile but Meg’s body was never found. Everyone believes her father Ramsey also killed Meg and threw her body into the lake.Melanie can’t have a normal life. She can’t go to proms, can’t be on the Internet, can’t do anything that might bring attention to her or result in her photo going public.But now Melanie is pregnant and determined that her child will not grow up like she did. So she returns to the town of Silver Bay where she grew up. Now everything that Melanie has believed about her life is questioned.I enjoyed the twists that came in the story and was surprised a couple of times. This was an easy to read thriller that kept me guessing.
  • (5/5)
    An engrossing read, Kardos’s second novel captivates both as a thriller and as a character study that asks deep questions about love, family, truth, and the will to change. As anyone who has read The Three-Day Affair might expect, Kardos weaves a complex and excellently crafted narrative that alternates between the the days leading up to the murder of Allie Miller, of which her husband Ramsay is accused and the present where Ramsay is believed to be in hiding and still a threat to his 17-year-old daughter, Meg, even as she goes looking for the truth. Both narratives are full of suspense and revelations that alter our understanding of the crime and the characters involved. Kardos keeps us guessing throughout, and the payoff is satisfying both in terms of what we learn of the crime and what we may learn about ourselves, reflected in the story’s mirror. It is a book you won’t want to put down, even after you’ve read the final page.
  • (4/5)
    My 1st Michael Kardos book. Listened on Audible Audio. Story starts with a teenager whose in the witness protection program as 15 years prior her father murdered her mother and tried to kill her too. Everyone thinks she is dead, however she is in hiding - except she is pregnant and sick of hiding and doesn't want her child to grow up afraid and hiding too, so she takes off to New Jersey, her home town where it all occurred, trying to find answers and hoping to find her father, before he finds her. Great mystery, easy listen, I didn't see the ending at all and was surprised which is always a good thing with mystery books! A definite recommendation for mystery lovers.  
  • (3/5)
    In 1991, Ramsey Miller holds a huge block party for his neighborhood. Then, the story goes, he drunkenly and angrily murdered his wife and young daughter.

    However, that's not exactly the case: his daughter got away, via the Witness Protection Program, and is living in a small town in West Virginia. Renamed Melanie, she lives with her father's close friend and his wife; it's a cautious life, as her father was never found. However, as she nears 18, Melanie is tired of this life of secrets and hiding. Finding herself pregnant, she decides she doesn't want this life for her own child, so she heads back to her hometown to find her father herself.

    The book weaves in Melanie's current life and discoveries with narrative of Ramsey's life leading up to the days of the block party, allowing us to figure out what happened along with Melanie.

    This novel started out really well, and for a while, I was thinking it was going to be one of my favorites read so far this year. However, it soon petered out a bit, and the more I thought about it, I liked it less. There are just some odd plot holes that doesn't really make sense and leave you wondering. Further, even accounting for her upbringing, Melanie as a main character is so "blah" and doesn't stand up for herself, thereby making it very hard to root for her. I really found myself pulling for Ramsey at many points. Lots of potential, but doesn't really follow through.
  • (3/5)
    Meg Miller has been living her life in hiding. Fifteen years before, Ramsey Miller, her father, threw a block party for his neighborhood, and then murdered his wife. Meg, his daughter, was believed killed as well, but her aunt and uncle have had her hidden away in a small town.But Meg is pregnant now, and doesn't want her child living her life in hiding as well.. So she sets out to do what no one else has been able to do--find her father, so she can come out of the shadows. This book was not as creepy as I had expected when I chose it for the Halloween Read-A-Thon, but it was definitely suspenseful. The way Kardos weaves in flashbacks really builds up the tension, and the ending has a really surprising twist as well.
  • (4/5)
    Before He Finds Her – Compelling Crime ThrillerAward winning author Michael Kardos new crime thriller Before He Finds Her is one of the most compelling and moving crime thrillers of the year. There are plenty of twists and turns with plenty of innovation where the prose is clear and crisp a tale of redemption and a life time of fear. Once you start reading you will be addicted to the story and will put everything else on hold until you have finished.September 1991 on a Sunday night Ramsey Miller and his wife throw a block party for all his neighbours in Silver Bay, New Jersey. Events that night would reverberate for many years after and to some would become the dark history that an old school journalist will never forget even on his death bed.That Sunday night Ramsey Miller killed his wife Allie and his daughter Meg and disappeared from Silver Bay to become a fugitive whereabouts unknown. What nobody knows is that Meg did not die that night but was whisked away in to protective custody and cared for by her Uncle Wayne in the depths of West Virginia always looking over their shoulders.Meg is now known as Melanie, for most of her life she has been homeschooled and as she is seventeen almost eighteen and starting to want to know more about her life before being in protection. She is following the blog of a journalist who is now retired who every year writes about the Silver Bay murders and the prime suspect Ramsey Miller. Melanie also now finds herself pregnant and afraid she wants to find out about her father so that he is not a threat to her or her unborn child. Melanie is sick of hiding and wants to live without being prepared to run and know the truth, sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for.She takes herself to Silver Bay to discover the truth about her mother and father what she learns will shake her to the core. With many surprising twists and turns she discovers the life she once had and the people that once loved her before that fateful September evening. As she confronts the past can she really deliver a better future for her child?This is a clever thriller with plenty of surprise spread across three parts and the views of Melanie, her mother and her father. We can see the parental relationship falling to pieces and we can see if from both points of view and it is this that Melanie will slowly become aware of. Michael Kardos leaves enough surprises in the book that you learn something new in every chapter and as the conclusion gets closer you able to say I did not see that coming with the various events.This is an excellent and compelling thriller that you will enjoy from beginning to end, a pleasure to read and always hoping for the best for Melanie whatever happens. Will she ever find her father, will he ever come out of hiding, and you will have to read to find out.
  • (4/5)
    Ramsey Miller is a very interesting and flawed character. He had a less than ideal childhood and was often in trouble with the law. All that changed when he met a new friend, Eric, a man trying to stay off alcohol and a man who has a seep faith in the lord. It changed too when he met his wife and they had a child. Or did he change? As I wasreading this it seemed very possible that he had murdered his wife and daughter. He had a terrible temper that he tried hard to control and after meeting a fellow trucker, he really believed from the book the trucker gave him, that the planets were going to align for the first time. This would cause the end of the world. He had also been told something of a personal revelation, one that caused him both deep pain and anger.A very solid story, with constant revelations that keep the story moving. Good characters that often surprise with their actions, and a wonderful newsman, now retired but still haunted by this story, one that never really had a resolution since the police has never managed to lay their hands on Ramsay. Where did he go? What actually happened that night? Read it and find out.ARC from NetGalley.
  • (4/5)
    A nicely written novel about a now teenage girl who is raised in a secret location as part of a witness protection program, protecting her from a father she never knew, who killed her mother when she was a child of 3, and then disappeared. Some very nice writing, but not so much a mystery as at least parts of the mystery seem obvious. Will her father find her? Will she undercover the truth? What did happen that night that her life changed forever? Good storytelling, but I wanted it to go a few steps deeper.