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by Kimberly Belle
MIRA, December 2016
352 pages
ISBN: 0778319768

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After seven years of happy marriage, the biggest problem Iris and Will Griffith face is that they remain childless. Will's upward-bound career sends him to Florida and Iris looks forward to a few days of visiting with friends and catching up on work as a psychologist for wealthy students in a private school. Then her whole world disappears.

Will has died in a plane crash but the plane he was on was headed to Seattle. The conference he was supposed to be making a presentation at in Florida is non-existent despite the glossy fliers for it Will gave her. The airline seems way too eager to give her a large check immediately with promises of much more money to come. And her husband's boss tells her quietly that Will has evidently stolen millions of dollars from the company and that they will be "coming after the money."

Lurching bit by lurching bit, Iris discovers that everything Will told her about his past was a lie and with the help of her beloved brother, she sets out to ferret out what she can about the truth about her dead husband but each piece of the puzzle convinces her further that she has no idea who Will really was. He has left little behind and much of what she can get her hands on is misinformation.

A friend of Will's comes forward to offer whatever help he can give her but he's a friend from the gym where Will worked out and Iris has never met him or even heard about him before. As time passes, Iris becomes more isolated from everything and everyone she knew and she begins to receive messages from two different anonymous persons, one who threatens her and one who seems to be trying to protect her.

Kimberly Belle has written an extremely tight and riveting tale of a marriage gone completely wrong as well as being completely gone. The suspense is wonderful and the shifts the story keeps making are odd and unexpected but never over the edge.

This is the kind of book I wish I had when traveling on long flights or waiting interminably for an appointment that was two hours ago or freed on a vacation to read all I want to for fun. Belle packs punch after punch after punch. This reader will be looking for more.

Diana Borse is retired from teaching English at Texas A&M University-Kingsville and savoring the chance to read as much as she always wanted to.

Reviewed by Diana Borse, December 2016

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