Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Review: Almost Home by Pam Jenoff

From bestselling author and Quill award nominee Pam Jenoff comes a rich, ambitious, and startling novel about a woman who must face a past she'd rather forget in order to uncover a dangerous legacy that threatens her future.

Ten years ago, American Jordan Weiss's idyllic experience as a graduate student and coxswain at Cambridge was shattered when her boyfriend and fellow crewmember, Jared Short, drowned in the River Cam the night before the biggest race of the year. Since that time, Jordan, a State Department intelligence officer, has traveled the world on dangerous assignments but has managed to avoid returning to face her painful memories in England. When her terminally ill friend Sarah asks her to come to London, though, Jordan finds herself requesting a transfer to the one place she swore she'd never go again.

In London, Jordan attempts to settle into her new life, pushing aside her haunting memories and taking on an urgent mission beside rakish agent Sebastian Hodges. Shortly after her arrival, just when she thinks there's hope for a fresh start in England, she is approached by a former college classmate who makes a startling assertion. He tells her that Jared's death was not an accident, but that he was murdered.

Jordan quickly learns that Jared's death was indeed not an accident, and that his research on World War II had uncovered a shameful secret. But powerful forces with everything to lose will stop at nothing to keep the past buried. Soon, Jordan finds herself in grave peril as she struggles to find the answers that lie treacherously close to home, the truth that threatens to change her life forever, and the love that makes it all worth fighting for.

Received from the author for review.

First off, as a Pretender fan, it was cool to discover a character in the book named Raines.

This one gets four enthusiastic stars. It was wonderfully well written with a great story and nice flow. Although it was a bit lengthy at close to 400 pages, it was well worth the time since the story draws you right it and keeps you flipping the pages well past your bedtime! It was thoroughly enjoyable and I certainly recommend it. I'm going to look for the author's first two books as well since this one was so good!

★★★★ = Really Liked It


Ryan G said...

Thanks for the recomendation, this one is going on the list.

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