I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Mrs. John Doe by Tom Savage
Series: Nora Baron #1
Published by Alibi on October 6, 2015
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
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In the adrenaline-laced new novel of suspense from Tom Savage—hailed by Michael Connelly as “a master of the high-speed thriller”—an American actress in Europe races to find the truth behind her husband’s mysterious accident. What she uncovers makes her the target of a shocking conspiracy.
Nora Baron’s life is perfect. She lives on Long Island Sound, teaches acting at a local university, and has a loving family. Then one phone call changes everything. She’s informed that her husband, Jeff, has died in a car crash while on a business trip in England. Nora flies to London to identify the body, which the police have listed as a “John Doe.” When she leaves the morgue, a man tries to steal her purse containing Jeff’s personal effects. Clearly, all is not as it seems.
At her hotel, Nora receives a cryptic message that leaves her with more questions than answers. She follows the message’s instructions to France, where a fatal encounter transforms her into a fugitive. Wanted for murder, on the run in a shadowy landscape of lies, secrets, and sudden violence, Mrs. “John Doe” must play the role of a lifetime to stay one step ahead of a ruthless enemy with deadly plans for her—and for the world.
Nora Baron is a former actress now teaching acting at a college in Long Island, New York. She’s married to Jeff who’s currently working in London. When Nora receives a call that Jeff’s been killed in a car crash, her trip to London to identify his remains sets off a wild adventure.
I deliberately ignored the book blurb as I didn’t want to know anything more about this story than what I wrote above. This is high intrigue at its best where you never know who to trust, nor can you tell the good guys from the bad. If you’ve any familiarity with London and/or Paris, you’ll enjoy the romp through these settings as it’s highly descriptive. You’ll feel like you’re there whether you’ve been there or not.
This was a very interesting story that ramped up to warp speed 2/3 into the story. Until then, it moved at a slower pace as I attempted to digest and analyze all the clues and details. I very much enjoyed this one and Nora Baron. She’s quite the definition of a heroine.
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