MIRA Books | August 2018 | 496 pgs
Source: Library

Seventeen-year-old Mindy Wright is a skier and has a promising aspect in competing in the Olympics until a skiing accident crashes not just her racing career but her life. During the surgery, the surgeon found out that she is suffering from leukemia and that a stem cell transplant has to be conducted so as to save her life. However, this is only the beginning of the nightmare for the Wrights as not only Mindy's life is threatened but no one in the family has the match for Mindy's stem cell transplant. In other words, Mindy's parents aren't her biological parents. 

With the clock ticking to find Mindy's biological parents, the reader got to learn that there are secrets and deceptions surrounding Mindy's adoptive mother, Lauren Wright, and how Lauren's younger sister, Juliet, who works as a DNA Analyst with the CBI, will go to any lengths to search for Mindy's biological parents, even if it means bypassing some protocols. 

This story was split into three parts and was a multi-layered suspense built upon layers of secrets and mysteries, both in the present and flashbacks. While the reader was intrigued by Mindy's biological parents and why Lauren didn't want Mindy's secrets to expose to the world, there are also parts about a few letter exchanges in 1993 between two women, Liesel and Vivian, when both of them were in University Hospital for some diagnosis treatment, thus adding more intrigue to the story and make readers wonder if there's a connection to Mindy's and/or Lauren's story. 

This story was well structured from the beginning till the end, however it was also a slow-burn kind of suspense as the author took her time in developing the characters and setting up the intrigue bit by bit as the story progresses. Personally, I felt the book would've been much better if some parts aren't draggy but the writing style and the execution won me over eventually. 

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8 Responses
  1. jenclair Says:

    Some books do the slow burn with excellent results, others don't quite get the pacing right. Of course, everyone has a different opinion of what constitutes a draggy part--some sections can feel like interruptions rather than advancements.

    The letter exchanges sound interesting. I enjoy reading about letters. :)

  2. Lark Says:

    There's a lot going on in this book! But at least it never left you feeling lost and confused. ;D

  3. Melody Says:

    Jenclair - Totally agree with you, Jenclair. And this probably explains why there's a book for everyone since each reader's opinion differ. :)

  4. Melody Says:

    Lark - It was a good thing that there's no confusion in this story. I'd probably skim or DNF if I couldn't get the story.

  5. Verushka Says:

    I think the pacing might be an issue in this for me. I started reading it, but couldn't get into it and just realised why -- you're right, it's a slow burn.

  6. Melody Says:

    Verushka - As Jenclair mentioned, it works for some books but I'd prefer a faster pace for a suspense/thriller.

  7. Iliana Says:

    Oh wow, there is so much in this book but could definitely be a great read. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it!

  8. Melody Says:

    Iliana - There's definitely a lot of stuff going on in this book and I was glad it wasn't confusing. :)

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