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Everything to Lose
by Andrew Gross
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William Morrow, 2014 (2014)
Hardcover, CD, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Set during the chaos of Hurricane Sandy, this highly original thriller introduces Hilary Cantor, a woman who makes a spur of the moment decision that changes a number of lives.

Hilary has just lost her job, so caring for her son with Asperger's is about to become an impossible challenge since her deadbeat husband has deserted the family.

Then, while driving along a back road, Hilary witnesses a car accident. The driver is dead but in the twisted auto is a satchel with half a million dollars in it.

Normally the most honest person imaginable, this beleaguered woman sees the opportunity to salvage her life and protect her son. Keeping the money, though, has some serious and unforeseen consequences for Hilary.

Soon someone is looking for the missing money and the closer this person gets to Hilary the more she becomes involved in a decades old crime, with a woman whose entire life has been destroyed by the storm, and also with a sinister figure who is determined to keep his dark secrets hidden.

Joining forces with a police official from Staten Island, who also is linked to the money and has a slew of his own struggles related to Hurricane Sandy, Hilary discovers extricating herself safely from the consequences of this bad decision might be not readily possible.

It will be difficult to not side with this distraught mother as she fights to preserve the semblance of a normal life and care for her child, as you'll discover as you follow this spellbinding tale.

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