THE ELEPHANT GIRL
Rating: 4 Cups
Helen Stephens is an epileptic. She works as a waitress and feels isolated because of her condition and because her family abandoned her to the foster system after her mother?s murder. She is ambivalent about joining the family business.
Jason Moody is the son of a successful gangster and is determined to distance himself from his father's business dealings. He runs a halfway house for ex cons determined to start a new life.
As a five-year-old, Helen has been her mother being murdered before her eyes, when she also has a seizure and is not sure exactly what happens. Her step-grandmother and step-aunts abandon her to foster care, so she has little contact with them. When she hears that the woman accused of her mother's murder has been released, all she can think about is revenge. Her step-grandmother uses her emotional turmoil to lure her back into the family business, and Helen is determined to find out what has really happened the day her life changes forever.
This is a fascinating and gripping novel of murder and suspense with a budding romance to make things even more interesting. Helen's secretive nature makes it difficult for her to bond with people, but the misfits of Jason's boarding house become more of a family to her than the one who tosses her away. The author has done an excellent job in characterization. All of the characters are vivid and alive, not always likable, but all of them are easily imagined. Other than the puzzling situation of an obviously wealthy child ending up in foster care, I find this to be an exceptionally well-plotted story that has me on the edge of my seat most of the time.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More