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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Book Review- The Bullet by Mary Louise Kelly

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge, from Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books via Netgalley, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

And now for a book that truly shows God's Grace, in the middle of a horrible event.


From former NPR correspondent Mary Louise Kelly comes a heart-pounding story about fear, family secrets, and one woman’s hunt for answers about the murder of her parents.

Two words: The bullet.

That’s all it takes to shatter her life.

Caroline Cashion is beautiful, intelligent, a professor of French literature. But in a split second, everything she’s known is proved to be a lie.

A single bullet, gracefully tapered at one end, is found lodged at the base of her skull. Caroline is stunned. It makes no sense: she has never been shot. She has no entry wound. No scar. Then, over the course of one awful evening, she learns the truth: that she was adopted when she was three years old, after her real parents were murdered. Caroline was there the night they were attacked. She was wounded too, a gunshot to the neck. Surgeons had stitched up the traumatized little girl, with the bullet still there, nestled deep among vital nerves and blood vessels.

That was thirty-four years ago.

Now, Caroline has to find the truth of her past. Why were her parents killed? Why is she still alive? She returns to her hometown where she meets a cop who lets slip that the bullet in her neck is the same bullet that killed her mother. Full-metal jacket, .38 Special. It hit Caroline’s mother and kept going, hurtling through the mother’s chest and into the child hiding behind her.

She is horrified—and in danger. When a gun is fired it leaves markings on the bullet. Tiny grooves, almost as unique as a fingerprint. The bullet in her neck could finger a murderer. A frantic race is set in motion: Can Caroline unravel the clues to her past, before the killer tracks her down?


First, BEFORE you start to read this book, make sure you have the time to sit down and NOT STOP reading it! It is THAT much of a page turner, that if you have to leave it, you're brain will be thinking about it until you can jump back into the book! Things are NOT what they seem, even if you THINK you know for sure what is what! Kelly does an EXCELLENT job at keeping the reader flipping pages and astounded that they missed a clue, and when the book is done, wanting to go back and reread it for the missed clues! Kelly gives us a modern take on the traditional Southern Gothic tale shrouded in a mystery, along with some police procedural work, to give us a tale that will leave you begging for her next book! And while it screams to be made into a movie, I think too many of the nuances would be lost if it was! Do NOT miss this one, it WILL be one of the talked about Spring books!

About the Author:

Mary Louise Kelly has written two novels, The Bullet and Anonymous Sources, and spent two decades traveling the world as a reporter for NPR and the BBC. Her assignments have taken her from grimy Belfast bars to the glittering ports of the Persian Gulf, and from mosques in Hamburg to the ruined deserts of Iraq. As an NPR correspondent covering the intelligence beat and the Pentagon, she reported on wars, terrorism, and rising nuclear powers. A Georgia native, her first job was working as a staff writer at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Kelly was educated at Harvard and at Cambridge University in England. She lives in Washington, DC, and Florence, Italy, with her husband and their two children. Learn more at MaryLouiseKellyBooks.com.

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