Playing Dead Offers A Tale Full of Twists and Turns by Julia Heaberlin
By Amy Lignor
Tommie McCloud lives in the small town of Ponder, Texas, and has enjoyed a good, solid life overall. She, her sister Sadie, and her brother Tuck, were raised in a nice household where Mom was an accomplished pianist and Dad was a former Federal Marshall and rancher. Everything was simply great…until Tommie’s Dad passed away.
Not only was the death a tragedy for the family, but things got far worse when Tommie received a letter from Chicago that stated she was not the daughter of the ‘happy’ McClouds, but was actually the daughter of a crime boss named Anthony Marchetti, and that she had been kidnapped when she was just an infant. Unfortunately for Tommie, she can’t ask the man who raised her for the truth, nor can she ask her mother who she believes is suffering from Alzheimer’s. It seems only Sadie has a few glimpses of what could be the truth, when she remembers overhearing a conversation between her parents that might just clear everything up.
A reporter, Jack Smith, soon shows up in Ponder to write a story about Tommie, because she’s an inspirational figure who works with traumatized children using horseback riding skills. Although sweet and professional on the outside, Tommie becomes overly suspicious of Jack when she spies an ankle holster on his body.
With some assistance from Hudson, a former boyfriend, Tommie discovers a story of an unsolved murder and the killing of an FBI agent—which has something to do with the appearance of Jack Smith. From finding Anthony Marchetti locked up in a jail in Texas to discovering two bank vaults maintained by her mother that hold some truly disturbing objects, Tommie soon becomes completely confused as the life she’s always known unravels completely.
This interesting read offers a slew of plots and characters, so readers should ‘keep on their toes’ so they don’t miss a single second of the action.
Until Next Time, Everybody,