The Bullet – Mary Louise Kelly

Caroline Cashion is a career woman – mid thirties, single, professor of French Literature. The book opens with her being investigated for wrist pain which has increased over recent months and her doctor has requested an MRI scan to see if the reason for the problem can be identified. All proceeds normally at the scan, and as Ms Cashion is being given follow up information after the scan, the young nurse asks how she [Ms Cashion] acquired the bullet in her neck. This is the start of a completely new life for Caroline. Initially she fobs off the question believing the nurse to be mistaken, but when an x-ray confirms that there is a bullet lodged in her neck, Caroline mentions it to her parents, who are reluctantly forced to tell her that they adopted her as a toddler after her birth parents were both murdered, and she was left seriously injured. They had believed that the bullet had been removed whilst Caroline was in hospital, but apparently not. Caroline wants to learn more about what happened to her parents, and why – she finds herself involved in dangerous situation not least when the case of her parents murder is reopened, and it is realised that she holds on her person the only evidence available. There’s danger, deceit, murder, a fugitive and possibly a love interest, but to say more would spoil the story. I thoroughly enjoyed this book (aside from page one, the language of which made it sound like it might be one of those tacky detective stories from the 50s. Not sure why, but after that, it was riveting) and would happily recommend it. Not gruesome in any way, but it holds the attention and is a great mix of fear for the main character’s health and well-being and desire for her to uncover the truth. As so often, there’s a twist at the end, and this one leaves it wide open for a sequel, which I will look out for. Thank you to the publishers, who allowed me a free copy for review via Netgalley

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