Sunday, October 14, 2012


Author:  David Cristofano
Genre:  Fiction,
Remake of First Book (new perspective)
Published:  2012
Personal Rating:  3.5/5 (good)
Format:  Book
Yearly Count:  86

From the Jacket Cover:

No loose ends.  It's the Bovaro family motto.  As part of the Bovaro clan, one of the most powerful and respected families in organized crime, Jonathan knows what he must do:  take out Melody Grace McCartney, the woman whose testimony can lock up his father and disgrace his entire family.  The only problem:  he can't bring himself to do it.

Had Jonathan kept his silence, Melody and her parents would never have been identified and lured into the Witness Protection Program, able to run but never to hide.  So he keeps her safe the only way he knows how--by vowing to clean up his own mess while acting as her shield.

But as he watches her take on another new identity in yet another new town, becoming a beautiful but broken woman, Jonathan can't get her out of his mind . . . or his heart. From the streets of Little Italy to a refuge that promises a fresh start, Jonathan will be forced to choose between the life he's always known, the destiny his family has carved out for him, and a future unlike anything he's ever imagined.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Girl She Used To Be (4.25/5) and looked forward to more by David Cristofano. Unfortunately, a remake of his first book was not what I had in mind. So, in general, this was not a good fit for me because I am not a re-reader.  That being said, I still enjoyed the book, but not nearly as much as I would have if it were a first read.

This book gave a more detailed version of their lives and a solid ending which I appreciated, but I didn't like that it was a whopping 465 pages!  So, being a remake and a chunkster created negative feelings in me, but the storyline was still a very good one.   

My thanks go to Julie from Grand Central Publishing for sending me the book.


  1. I didn't realize this is a remake of the first book - I enjoyed it too.

    1. Bermudaonion ~ I'm not sure if "remake" is the right term, but yeah - it's the same book from a different perspective and more detail.

  2. WOW, that is strange. I hadn't read the first book so I'm not sure what to make of this.

    1. Diane ~ Definitely different. If I had to choose, I'd say read this one even though I rated it lower.

  3. Same book, different perspective??? I don't know...loved the first one so not sure I want to read it again but with a different POV.

    1. Staci ~ If you are a rereader, I think it's a good book to revisit. Otherwise, I'd stick with your memories of the last book.


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