Adam Mitzner is the head of the litigation department of Pavia & Harcourt, LLP in midtown Manhattan. He is also the author of best selling legal thrillers including “A Conflict of Interest” and “A Case of Redemption.” His latest novel “The Girl From Home: A Thriller” is a psychological thriller different from his previous novels because it does not involve a lawyer as a protagonist even though it has a legal aspect to it. It centers on a Wall Street mogul whose ideal life begins to unravel and he finds that he must whatever it takes to get what he wants.
Jonathan Caine is an investment genius whose motto “I want what I want” has gotten him a fancy office, a penthouse apartment, a Bentley and a trophy wife. Until a powerful investor pulls his money from the fund and Jonathan has to take actions to cover the money that are not exactly legal. He knows it’s just enough to buy himself some time and decides to go back to his home town to spend more time with his father who has dementia. When he attends his twenty-fifth high school reunion he reconnects with former prom queen Jacqueline Williams and they hit it off despite having been strangers back in the day. Jacqueline hasn’t had it as easy as Jonathan. She married Rick the high school jock who turned out to be a jealous and abusive husband. When Jonathan’s illegal dealings catch up to him he is fired, his assets are frozen and his wife leaves him and throws him out of their apartment. He is now penniless and living in his father’s house just waiting to be formally charged. As his relationship with Jacqueline grows his priorities change but he soon finds himself in more danger than he ever realized.
“The Girl From Home” by Adam Mitzner is a fast paced suspenseful thriller that is anything but predictable. The first few chapters are dedicated to Jonathan’s job and he comes off as a jerk who tells people what they want to hear if it serves his needs and makes him money. Things start to change when he goes back to East Carlisle, New Jersey and has to start a new life as a regular guy. This type of character development is rarely seen in books and Mr Mitzner does an admirable job of taking a narcissist and turning him into someone who considers others before making decisions. It is recommended for thriller fans who appreciate plot twists and unpredictable characters.
*Disclaimer: A copy of this book was given for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this article are solely the author’s.