What You Wish For
Review: Janet Dawson's first stand-alone — she is the author of the long-running Jeri Howard mystery series — is What You Wish For, first and foremost a novel of friendship, though there is a thread of suspense running through its parallel storylines.
Lindsey Page, Gretchen Kohl, Claire Megarris and Annabel Duntin shared a house in the 1970s, when they were students at Berkeley. But they shared more than just a common roof over their heads: food, clothes, secrets and even boyfriends. They were as close as sisters. Although time, marriages and children have taken a toll on the friendships, over the years, they still remain close. Lindsey never married but had a daughter, Nina, who was never told the identity of her father, a fact she resents to this day. If she could have only one wish, knowing who her father is would be it. Gretchen Kohl married Doug Segal. She wished for children, but had three miscarriages. They were finally able to adopt a young boy from San Salvador. Has her wish come true? Claire never married. Her work for the coffee business that her father and Uncle started was and is her life. She wished to be the CEO of this international company. Annabel was two months pregnant when she married Hal Norwood, a friend she did not love but who loved her enough to marry her and promise to love her child as his own. Now, her daughter Tess has learned that Hal is not her biological father. She, too, wishes for the truth. But there is an old saying, “Be careful what you wish for …”
What You Wish For spans multiple time periods, from the turbulent 1970s in Berkeley, through the late 1980s massacre of migrant workers in the coffee fields of San Salvador, and on into present-day San Francisco. As friends, these women have each experienced great joy, but also great sadness, their lives intersecting in myriad ways. These are strong, believable characters, and their collective tale is both poignant and meaningful. And as it unfolds, what happened in the past — and how it is affecting the present — are the elements of suspense in the story.
Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of What You Wish For.
Acknowledgment: Perseverance Press provided an ARC of What You Wish For for this review.
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Selected reviews of other mysteries by this author …
Perseverance Press (Trade Paperback), April 2011
ISBN-13: 9781564744944; ISBN-10: 1564744949
Death Rides the Zephyr
Perseverance Press (Trade Paperback), September 2013
ISBN-13: 9781564745309; ISBN-10: 1564745309
Location(s) referenced in What You Wish For: Berkley, San Francisco, California; San Salvador
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What You Wish For by Janet Dawson
Publisher: Perseverance Press
Format: Trade Paperback
Publication Date: September 2012
List Price: $15.95
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