Suspicion – Joseph Finder [Review]

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Blurb for Suspicion

 The new novel from New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder, “the master of the modern thriller,”* about a father who is forced to make a choice with unspeakable consequences

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.

Jen’s Review of SUSPICION

This updated review first appeared on our old blog Books That Hook.

I read Suspicion because I received a free advanced reading copy from the publisher via Netgalley. Although I received a copy for review consideration, my opinions were not influenced.

The Story

Single parent Danny Goodman is struggling to pay for his daughter’s private-school tuition. His daughter Abby’s best friend’s father gives him the money, $50,000, to pay a year’s tuition.

Then, Danny is accused of money laundering and being a co-conspirator to a drug cartel. The DEA is investigating the friend’s father (Tom Galvin). If Danny becomes a confidential informant, they won’t press charges.

Danny visits a lawyer friend of his who consults him to cooperate because the penalty could be up to 33 years in prison, plus the U.S. government rarely loses.

Danny does everything the agents ask him to do, but they keep coming back for more. He tries to get out several times, but they have him cornered. They go as far as threatening to leak to the cartel that he is a snitch.

At this point in the story, things start getting really scary for Danny. I don’t want to give away all the twists and turns of the story. I’ll just say that the cartel that Tom works for isn’t the only threat Danny has to worry about. Tom, Danny, and both their families are in serious danger.

The story grabs you from the very beginning. I really liked the introduction, particularly the line, “The gates of history turns on small hinges (p.3).”

This book is definitely well-paced, a page-turner.

The Characters

Danny has a girlfriend named Lucy. His ex-wife, Abby’s mother, died of cancer. These characters don’t play a big part in the story. Danny also has a daughter named Abby.

Danny’s a nice guy, trying to do the right thing for his daughter. Even Tom Galvin has a lot of likable characteristics.

There’s always the worry that Danny is going to get caught or hurt. Finder kept that going throughout the whole book, which is part of what made me want to continue reading.

The Writing

Joseph Finder wrote Suspicion in third person, alternating, point-of-view. This worked well because the reader gets to see events as others experience them.

I liked the writing style. Finder limited the amount of description so the story didn’t slow down. At the same time, the reader receives enough information to easily visualize the setting, characters, etc.

Do I Recommend?

After reading through reviews on Goodreads, I conclude that the main criticism others have had about Suspicion is that the events sometimes seem far-fetched. Perhaps because I read a lot of fantasy, this didn’t bother me at all. It was easy for me to suspend disbelief, particularly because the action, likable characters, and nail-biting suspense kept me engrossed in the story.

Suspicion is a heart-pounding thriller! I loved this book. I strongly recommend reading it, only if you have time to sit and read it from cover to cover, because it isn’t an easy book to put down.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (A)

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About Jen Schaper

In addition to being a book blogger, I am a mother of three children, a retail backroom coordinator, and a wannabe writer (when I make time to do it).
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