Oh, my! A new Adam Mitzner novel hit the stands (and the downloadables) on Tuesday and I snapped it up yesterday (Thursday) and was finished last night -yup – one of those midnight oil thingies. I read and very much enjoyed Mitzner’s two prior novels, A Conflict of Interest (2012) and Losing Faith (2015). Worth the wait. 🙂
The Girl From Home
by Adam Mitzner –
2016 / 336 pages
read by Jonathan Walker 10h 32m
rating: – A++ / crime
This twisted tale opens with a prologue which has one Jonathan Caine in jail for murder. Then Part I, Chapter 1 goes back to March of that year and how life was then for Jonathan, married to an incredibly beautiful woman, living in an upscale Manhattan penthouse with a view of the Statue of Liberaty, dealing in the money markets with millions of dollars at stake, and owning multiple homes. Jonathan insists on only having the very best in life and he’s looking forward to getting more. “He wants what he wants – and he gets it, too.” That’s Jonathan’s motto.
The next chapter moves ahead to December and to Jonathan’s more immediate problems. As we track both situations the March episodes quickly progress thorugh the intervening months catch up to the December issues at about half way through.
In May (as the March thread continues) we find Jonathan back in his hometown of East Carlyle, New Jersey and help his aging father – something has obviously happened. He attends his 25th high school reunion and gets togehter with Jacqueline Lawson Williams, the prom queen back in high school, way above Jonathan’s lowly station as one of the class nerds. Jackie is still beautiful and she’s married but apparently interested. The reader knows that her interest might be due to a seriously abusive husband. We still don’t quite understand the prologue though.
The reader knows a few other things, too – some backstory about Jonathan’s relationship with his parents, the nature of the charges against him, Jackie’s issues. In the end it may be a story of redemption – or possible redemption – something.
Great book – lots of tension built in large part on the great structure built by combining dual chronlogies – (March vs December stories) and split points of view from December on. Also creating tension is not only who done it – but for a long time it’s also who gets done and then – because there really seems like no way out for the “good guys” – what the heck will happen?