Thank you so much to Dutton Books for my free copy – all opinions are my own.
On a typical late summer day, Julia Swann is on the phone with her husband, Michael, when the call abruptly goes dead. Then the news rolls in: A bomb has gone off at Penn Station, where Michael was waiting for a train home. New York City is in a state of chaos. A frantic Julia races to the city to look for Michael, her panic interwoven with memories of meeting and falling in love with the husband she’s now desperate to find. When someone finds a flier she’s posted and tells her they may have seen her husband, her dreams seem to be answered. Yet as she tries to find him, her calls go unanswered.
While waiting for train, Michael Swann is talking to his wife Julia on the phone at Penn Station, when a massive explosion goes off and severs the call. Julia, in a state of panic, jumps in her car to drive from their home in Pennsylvania to New York. But there is traffic and mayhem from the explosion, she can’t find her husband, and then she hears the news…Um, let’s just say at this point I WAS HOOKED.
This novel is edge-of-your-seat fantastic! It’s intense and Reardon does a tremendous job capturing the fear of an attack of this magnitude. It’s a page-turner indeed and all too realistic. And while this is a thriller, it’s also a mix of domestic suspense because we examine Michael and Julia Swann in the process of what’s going on. The construction of the novel and writing style is phenomenal and really keeps you engrossed in the story. Reardon writes Michael’s point of view in the first person as he suffers through amnesia and we follow Julia in the third person where we see how she deals with the aftermath of it all. THE REAL MICHAEL SWANN is full of plot twists, gets better and better with each page, and make sure you read that epilogue!
My rating is 4.5 out of 5 stars!
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