Review: Before He Finds Her by Michael Kardos

Before He Finds Her by Michael Kardos
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published February 3rd, 2015
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Everyone in the quiet Jersey Shore town of Silver Bay knows the story: on a Sunday evening in September 1991, Ramsey Miller threw a blowout block party, then murdered his beautiful wife and three-year-old daughter.

But everyone is wrong. The daughter got away. Now she is nearly eighteen and tired of living in secrecy. Under the name Melanie Denison, she has spent the last fifteen years in small-town West Virginia as part of the Witness Protection Program. She has never been allowed to travel, go to a school dance, or even have internet at home. Precautions must be taken at every turn, because Ramsey Miller was never caught and might still be looking for his daughter. Yet despite strict house rules, Melanie has entered into a relationship with a young teacher at the local high school and is now ten weeks pregnant. She doesn’t want her child to live in hiding as she has had to. Defying her guardians and taking matters into her own hands, Melanie returns to Silver Bay in hopes of doing what the authorities have failed to do: find her father before he finds her. Weaving in Ramsey’s story in the three days leading up to the brutal crime, Before He Finds Her is a stirring novel about love and faith and fear—and how the most important things can become terribly distorted when we cling to them too fiercely. 

My thoughts…

While browsing the library I came across Before He Finds Her, after reading the synopsis I was very interested and thought it would be a good suspense novel.  I had no idea what to expect, I have never read anything by this author and surprisingly I didn’t pull out my phone to scan the ISBN code to read the reviews. 

The novel alternates between the past and present.  The past is narrated by Ramsey of time leading up to the murder of his wife Ally.  The present is narrated by Meg (Melanie), Ramsey’s seventeen-year-old daughter who believes that her father murdered her mother and is still in hiding to avoid imprisonment. 

After living fifteen years in the witness protection program Melanie has been living her life hiding and in fear of her father finding her.  Melanie now finds herself pregnant and afraid, she wants to find her father so that he is no longer a threat to her or her unborn child.  Melanie goes to Silver Bay (her hometown) to discover the truth about her mother and father and what she learns will change her life as she knew it.

This book was a pleasant surprise and I really enjoyed it.  Kardos kept me guessing throughout with unexpected twists and the ending, what a surprise, it’s one I never expected.

Happy Reading ~


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