My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This new suspenseful crime novel by Theresa Rizzo was just released and I found it a definite winner! The theme of “family takes care of family” is prevalent throughout this story that focuses on a developing relationship between Dr. Joe Scarfili and Gianna Donnatelli, whose large and wealthy Italian families have been best friends for years. But Joe is seven years older than Gianna and had been married while Gianna had a huge crush on him when she was still an awkward student.
They meet up again under less than ideal circumstances, after Gianna, a nurse and computer whiz who is housesitting at her father’s home in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, surprises an intruder who attacks and injures her before leaving without a trace. Joe hasn’t seen Gianna in years and doesn’t even recognize her as she’s being wheeled through the ER, until he hears her name and stops in to check on her. In order to be released from the hospital, she needs to be checked on during the night and has no one who could stay with her so Joe offers his guest room.
As they get to know one another again, Joe finds out that Gianna has developed cutting edge medical computer programming that her company will be taking public soon and, if used in hospitals worldwide, could be worth billions of dollars. And Gianna learns that Joe’s former wife was gunned down in front of their home in an apparent gang-related shooting, an event that makes him leery of giving his heart again and of Gianna’s home and charitable work in the poorest of Detroit’s neighborhoods.
There are lots of twists and turns and intriguing questions involving attacks and a car bomb that seem to be directed at Gianna, but could be meant for Joe or even Gianna’s father, who has been in Italy on business and visiting her brother, Paul. And as Joe and Gianna become closer, they try to figure out who might be involved in this complex mystery of possible corporate espionage, including the Italian Mafia, the Russian Mob or even some of their own family members. And trust me, I don’t think you’ll guess the ending, which opens up another slew of ethical questions…
This is the third book of Ms. Rizzo’s that I’ve read and it’s as intriguing and well done as her others. I received an advance copy from Theresa Rizzo in exchange for an honest review.