On September 11th, I picked up my review copy of The Daughter She Used To Be by Rosalind Noonan. That was timely as the book centers around a family of New York City police men. This book easily packs the suspense of a Jodi Picoult novel with a bit of romance thrown in.
The protagonist, Bernadette Sullivan, is the daughter of a career cop and the sister of cops. Bernie, as she is known, is an Assistant District Attorney. Literally, the Sullivan family was raised to fight crime. Then, a tragic event occurs and the family is shattered. As always, anger follows grief and Bernie has to acknowledge that her father wishes retribution while she wishes for peace.
Bernie struggles with the concept of justice in this book. Smartly, the author does weave in a romantic angle to the book but does not let it overshadow the suspense. It is a side story though you are rooting for Bernie and her boyfriend of sorts.
From page 1, you feel like you know the Sullivan family dynamics:
“..everyone in the famly had become responsible for contributing a dish to dinner. Well, every female. The role of the males was to eat so they’d have the strength to get out and make New York City a safer place.”
“A good wife learns to work around the breadwinner’s schedule.” To which Bernie replies, “Maybe I need a wife then.”
This is a fast paced read that I really enjoyed.
Kensington Books provided a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
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