The Girl She Used To Be by David Cristofano

by Guatemama@evpl on Tuesday, April 14 2009, 6:02pm. Viewed 1,475 times.

A captivating and bittersweet debut novel, The Girl She Used To Be grabs ahold of your senses in its first few pages and doesn't let you go until the very last sentence. With its thrilling tug-of-war storyline and writing style this was the first book in quite some time that I simply could not put down.

At the tender age of six Melody Grace McCartney's life is turned upside down when she and her parents happen upon a member of a notable Mafia family "gutting" a man at their favorite Italian restaurant. For the next 20 years Melody assumes personality after personality in the Federal Witness Protection Program and grows bored and restless with this crisis of identity. So much so that she fakes being found out (once again) just so that she can move on to a new place, a new character, and new circumstances.  But in truth she has been found by one of the Bovaro clan and he has come to "save" her.

Should she stay in protective custody maintaining the safe yet mediocre and mundane life she has lead for 20 years?  Or will she risk it all to be her true self with a family of murderers?  Can she stay alive long enough to make any decision at all?

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