cover image Before He Finds Her

Before He Finds Her

Michael Kardos. Grove/Atlantic/Mysterious, $25 (384p) ISBN 978-0-8021-2319-0

Kardos (The Three-Day Affair) delivers another outstanding crime thriller with this complex and moving account of a young woman trying to make sense of her past and craft a viable future. In 1991, Ramsey Miller murdered his wife, Allison, after hosting a block party at their home in Silver Bay, N.J. The people in this Jersey Shore town also believed he murdered his three-year-old daughter, Meg. In fact, the authorities spirited Meg away and put her in a witness protection program to protect her from her father. Fifteen years later, she lives under the alias Melanie Denison, with her uncle and aunt in Fredonia, W.Va. Since Ramsey is still at large, Melanie is allowed only limited contact with the outside world. Chafing at these restrictions, Melanie begins to challenge them, a rebellion that includes having an affair. The discovery that she’s pregnant leads her to search for her father so that her child can have a normal life, free of fear and restrictions. Sophisticated characterizations enhance the intricately constructed story line. Agent: Jody Klein, Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents. (Feb.)