The Girl from Home
Review: Jonathan Caine is a very wealthy New York City hedge fund manager, living in a multi-million dollar high-rise penthouse in Manhattan with his trophy wife, Natasha. To look at him driving his Bentley one would think, "There is a man who has it all." But, Caine knows what he wants and he wants more and will do just about anything to get it, in The Girl from Home, a novel of suspense by Adam Mitzner.
Although he is widely considered, and he believes himself to be, a financial wizard, he risks everything in the market and loses it all. His world comes crashing in around him. He is fired from his job, all of his assets are frozen, Natasha leaves him but not his penthouse apartment until she finds a new man to make her happy, living the life of the rich and famous. Jonathan has nowhere to go except the home he was raised in. His mother had died about a year before and his father is now ill in a nursing home. While there, his high school is celebrating their twenty-fifth reunion. He decides to go to try to see what the girl he thought was so beautiful back then might attend. Being intelligent, he was a nerd in high school and Jacqueline (Jackie) was the Prom Queen who fell for the football star and married him. But Jackie has been miserable for a long time. Her jock husband is an alcoholic and abusive. She stays in her marriage to protect her two kids, plus she has no skills or money to leave him. Jackie is at the reunion, and after getting reacquainted, they look to each other as having a possible future together. Jonathan has told Jackie nothing about his situation. She has told him she loves him and wants to have a future with him but he still hesitates. Their future together does not look good. Prison is looming for Jonathan and Jackie's husband has sworn to kill her, their children, and Jonathan if she does not stay with him. What options do they have?
There is certainly a lot of heartbreak in The Girl from Home and the story is often moving, but the actions of the principal characters really make this a hard book to enjoy. From the beginning, Jonathan and Jackie are, in their separate lives, self-absorbed and almost oblivious to how their actions affect those around them. And their getting together really doesn't improve their likeability. There is also some intrigue here, how it will all play out, as it were, but it comes about too late and may not be enough compensation for some readers.
Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of The Girl from Home.
Acknowledgment: Simon & Schuster provided a copy of The Girl from Home for this review.
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Gallery Books (Hardcover), April 2015
ISBN-13: 9781476764245; ISBN-10: 1476764247
Location(s) referenced in The Girl from Home: New York City; New York State
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The Girl from Home by Adam Mitzner — A Novel of Suspense
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: April 2016
List Price: $26.00
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