The Answer To Your Question by: Paulette Bates Alden

bookshelves: giftee, mystery-thriller, published-2013, winter-20142015, bedside, snow-times, north-americas, snakessssssss, paper-read

Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Susanna – Censored by GoodReads
Read from January 07 to February 04, 2015

kDescription: How well can you really know the people you love, even your own son? Four young women are murdered, and he’s the suspect . . .

After raising her son, Ben, as a single parent, librarian Inga Daudelin is blindsided when he is accused of the murders of four young women. At the same time, Jean, a young, pregnant waif who seems both simple and wise, “imprints” on Inga at work, drawing her into an unusual friendship. When Ben kidnaps Jean, Inga and lead detective Ron O’Loughlin, with whom she is falling in love, search for the two, who along with Jean’s baby, have formed a strange but human family.

“This wonderful novel is a success at every level–an engrossing thriller and a nuanced examination of love–written with artful directness. I loved every word and could not put it down.” — Scott Turow

THE ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION is the winner of The Kindle Book Review’s 2013 Best Indie Book Award in the suspense category.

Dedication: For Jeff

Opening: Part 1: Chapter One: Inga: I remember the day Ben was born, how they laid him on my chest all mottled pink and squirming. When I rubbed my cheek against his tender head, he clutched my finger with his tiny ones as if to claim me.

Arrived today, out of the blue, from Greenville, where this author grew up.

Thank you Judy, Susanna, Bob and Belinda

Main bug is that too much is given away on the back cover, but that said, this was a perfect bedside read, the sort that is perfect through half closed, tired eyes; not taxing on the intellect but interesting enough to keep one’s attention. That ending was from out of left field, it’s got to be said.


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