Sunday, April 05, 2009


Author: David Cristofano
Genre: Fiction, Standalone
Published: 2009
Personal Rating: 4.25/5
Yearly Count: 42

Melody Grace McCartney is tired of being everybody, but herself. She is a member of the Federal Witness Protection Program due to her parents' testimony against a mob family, resulting in several aliases. After relocating for the umpteenth time, Melody's current place of residence is boring her; so under the guise of a lie - Melody is whisked away again. En route to a remote destination, a son in the mob family has found her and has found her alone.

Well, well, well. I read this book in two sittings, which is a great indication of my unexpected delight! I couldn't wait to find out what happened next, so the book was simply not put down. Okay, it's a short, quick read, but I was really snared by the suspense.

Melody is a little quirky, as are some of the other characters, but the quirky that makes a person unique, not odd, and the plot flirted with a variety of emotions making it an unpredictable book. I did feel flutters of "chick-lit" floating by, but it did not interfere with my enjoyment. I was certainly left satisfied and can't wait to see what Cristofano comes up with next.

Thank you, Miriam, from Hachette Book Group USA for sending me a copy of this book! It will be released on May 26, 2009.


  1. This book definitely drew me in and kept me attention for the very start.

  2. One of my favorites of the year so far!

  3. Bermudaonion ~ Me, too!

    Mary ~ I didn't know that. I stopped by your post.

  4. Oooh, this sounds like a winner. Just one question - how old is Melody? A teen?

  5. i added this one to my to-read list when i saw it on your currently-read list on goodreads. i'm glad it lived up to its promise. i'm looking forward to reading it!

  6. Sounds like a good one. I find it interesting that you said you felt twinges of chick-lit, especially since the author is male. I will be on the lookout for this one at my local library!

  7. I've seen a lot of positive reviews of this one recently. I actually wasn't sure about it the first time I heard about it, but it's grown on me and I think I may just have to give it a try. Thanks for the great review, Joy.

  8. I think I read it in two sittings, too. I did have to set it down, at one point. That was painful. :)

    This is funny . . . the word verification is "covirtiv". Doesn't the "covert" sound seem to fit in an odd way?

  9. I've been hearing a lot about this lately. It does sound good! I love the cover too.

  10. Alisonwonderland ~ Oh good - I hope you get to it. It's worth a read.

    Kristie ~ Melody is the narrator and yes, the author is male. Sensing chick-lit vibes in a book changes the experience for me, unless I know to expect it. I'm just sensitive to that.

    Literary Feline ~ Oddly, it's kind of a fun read, but "fun" doesn't describe the scenario at all. You have to read it yourself to understand what I mean. :)

    Bookfool ~ Tee Hee. :) Did you experience a sense of "fun"? Maybe because I was so eager to read - that was fun. I don't know.

    Nicola ~ HEY STRANGER! It's good to see you! :) The cover is what attracted me first.

  11. Yet another good review of this one. That's great~I'm glad you liked it!

  12. Oh this sounds good - different from what I was thinking it was about. I probably mixed up my reviews and covers - ha.

    I like quirky characters so I'll be on the look out for this one!

  13. This sounds really good..I wasn't sure when I first heard about it but I'm glad to hear that you liked it. You've read some great books lately and high ratings too!

  14. Is it weird for me to think that male writers and chick-lit don't really go together? I'm trying to think of some titles but am drawing a blank. Maybe I'm stereotyping. Glad you liked it! Reading it in two sittings is fantastic!

  15. Dar ~ Yep, it was a wonderful surprise.

    Iliana ~ I must have done some mixing up, too, because it wasn't what I thought either. Melody isn't too quirky, but enough to notice.

    Bonnie ~ I know! My reading has been so exciting lately.

    Trish ~ No, I don't think that thought is weird. I wouldn't classify it as silly chick-lit, but twinges of chick-lit are definitely in the air. (imho)


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