Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Abduction of Mary Rose by Joan Hall Hovey - #Review

The Abduction of Mary Rose
A suspense novel interwoven with threads of romance and paranormal.

Imagine discovering everything you believe about yourself to be a lie. And that the truth could stir a killer from his lair.

Following the death of the woman she believed to be her mother, 28-year-old Naomi Waters learns from a malicious aunt that she is not only adopted, but the product of a brutal rape that left her birth mother, Mary Rose Francis, a teenager of Micmac ancestry, in a coma for 8 months.

Dealing with a sense of betrayal and loss, but with new purpose in her life, Naomi vows to track down Mary Rose's attackers and bring them to justice. She places her story in the local paper, asking for information from residents who might remember something of the case that has been cold for nearly three decades.

She is about to lose hope that her efforts will bear fruit, when she gets an anonymous phone call. Naomi has attracted the attention of one who remembers the case well.

But someone else has also read the article in the paper. The man whose DNA she carries.

And he has Naomi in his sights.


My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Upon the death of her dearly loved mother, Naomi learns that she was actually adopted. Further she learns that her birth mother, Mary Rose, had been brutally attacked and left for dead.

Edna, her aunt, has always treated Naomi with barely concealed disdain, but with the death of her sister, her vitriolic loathing for Naomi is completely unmasked. Naomi finally gets the grudging assistance of a veteran police officer, Graham Nelson and catches the fancy of a news reporter. Both of whom fear she has recklessly placed herself in danger by challenging the community to come forward with any information related to the attack twenty-eight years ago.

Naomi is determined to uncover the identity of the man who killed Mary Rose. She feels the spirit of her dead mother crying out for justice, and will stop at nothing, nor let anyone deter her from her mission.

I enjoyed reading this novel, though, at times, I felt it moved at little too slowly and my attention wandered; especially in the middle section. Part of the reason I disengaged, I believe, is due to the numerous editing issues. However, by the last third of the story I became fully engaged and could not put the book down. The story is told in understated, contemplative prose, with enough descriptive detail to set the mood vividly. Naomi is driven to find the men who killed her mother. The author realistically portrays the biased attitudes and basic obtuseness of a community inclined to hide from and ignore the ugliness within. Here is a chilling reminder that, as a society, we all become easily smeared by the brush of intolerance when we turn a blind eye to crimes perpetrated upon those who exist on the fringe.

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