Title: The Girl From Home
Author: Adam Mitzner
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publish Date: April 5, 2016
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "Jonathan Caine is a true master of the universe—a currency wizard with a trophy wife, a penthouse condo with a view of the Statue of Liberty, and the desire for more—when his world comes crashing down, spiraling him into a relentless fall from grace. Devastated, Jonathan returns to his hometown to care for his ailing father and attend his twenty-fifth high school reunion, where he becomes reacquainted with former prom queen Jacqueline Williams. Back in the day, Jackie didn’t even know Jonathan existed. Now she is intrigued by the man he has become. But their budding relationship has problems, not the least of which is Jackie’s jealous and abusive husband. Jonathan is determined to learn from his mistakes, but is he capable of complete transformation? Or will a shocking temptation test his desire for redemption beyond anything he could have imagined?"
My Two Cents:
"The Girl From Home" is the story of Jonathan, a man who always gets what he wants. He is incredibly driven and doesn't mind breaking the rules in order to get what he wants, which is at the center of this book. Back home, he connects with Jackie, the one-time high school prom queen who Jonathan is determined to have. Jonathan is married and Jackie is married to an abusive guy but that doesn't stand in Jonathan's way. Meanwhile, he is also under fire for some extremely questionable ways he handled money as a fund manager. This is a look at the lengths one man will go in order to demand what he believes to be his.
While Jonathan is not exactly likeable (like at all), his motivation was very clear throughout the book. It was interesting to step into someone's shoes like that. I felt sympathetic for Jackie mostly. She is so driven by the dream of getting away from her abusive husband that she will do anything, even if it means that she could possibly get into trouble. Much of this book seemed to be about what happens when you don't think of the consequences of your actions.
Overall, the book was nicely paced except for a few places where the narrative got very bogged down with detail. This is billed as a thriller but I wasn't really surprised by any of the twists and turns here and there. The conversations in the book were one of the things that I liked best about this book. The author has a good ear for writing how people actually talk and using the way people talk to create very distinctive characters.