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Review: Suspicion by Joseph Finder

Book Summary

When single father Danny Goodman suddenly finds himself unable to afford the private school his teenage daughter adores, he has no one to turn to for financial support.

In what seems like a stroke of brilliant luck, Danny meets Thomas Galvin, the father of his daughter’s new best friend, who also happens to be one of the wealthiest men in Boston. Galvin is aware of Danny’s situation and out of the blue offers a $50,000 loan to help Danny cover his daughter’s tuition. Uncomfortable but desperate, Danny takes the money, promising to pay Galvin back.

What transpires is something Danny never imagined. The moment the money is wired into his account, the DEA comes knocking on his door. Danny’s impossible choice: an indictment for accepting drug money that he can’t afford to fight in court, or an unthinkably treacherous undercover assignment helping the government get close to his new family friend.

As Danny begins to lie to everyone in his life, including those he loves most in the world, he must decide once and for all who the real enemy is or risk losing everything—and everyone—that matters to him.


If you are hungry for a good suspense thriller, than I encourage you to dive right into Joe Finder’s Suspicion. Quite the page turner from open to close, you will find yourself completely absorbed into this book anticipating every move with numb fingers trying to turn the pages faster. Fulfilling every part of your appetite, it gives you everything you crave in a great suspense: a great plot, consistent action/drama that has you hanging on to their every move and that umf that glues you to your chair because you just have to finish. 

So, let’s dive into this book. If you have children, I’m sure you have found yourself at one time asking yourself – What length would I go for them? Well, Danny Goodman, learned the answer to that question. After losing his wife, he is maintaining the best he can for his daughter but find it very challenging trying to survive being a writer. Wanting the best he can for his daughter, she is enrolled in a school that is way beyond his means. Finding himself behind in payments, he becomes desperate not knowing what to do because he has no other means of financial support.

Call it chance, more like a miracle combined with a curse, while meeting with the school to figure out a way to get support, he learns that an expensive trip was paid for her daughter by the father of one of her friends.  After learning about his situation, he decides to offer Danny a lifeline but at what cost will that be? What lies behind that offer sends all of their worlds upside down into a book that has you wandering what will happen next.

The overall plot of the book I thought was fantastic. I thought that as a reader, it had just the right pace that evolved layer by layer without giving too much away. Filled with exciting twists and turns, I found myself completely absorbed into the characters and where the story led me. All the elements for what each brought to the story really worked together. I thought it was a constant up climb in the suspense of the book attributing to his ability as a skillful writer to maintain that interest for the reader. There was never a dull moment that I thought diverted the reader. What I loved is that it was not predictable which made the anticipation of the story more inviting. This is definitely one for the suspense lover who really wants a good read this summer. I would add to your reading list.

Reviewed by Michelle Bowles

Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 5/27/2014
Pages: 400

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