Thanks to Tropical Storm Colin, I was able to knock out the rest of this lovely thriller yesterday. I'd been pecking away at Mary Louise Kelly's, The Bullet, since late April. I typically reach for pieces of nonfiction literature, but this book gave off a very distinct allure when I was skimming the Kindle book deals that day. One that caused me to click the big orange 'buy now with 1-click' button as soon as I had finished reading the overview. I've long been drawn to mysteries, but it had been quite some time since one swept me up the way this one did. The end of each chapter kept me impatiently awaiting the next.
"Caroline Cashion is beautiful, intelligent, a professor of French literature. But in a split second, everything she’s known is proved to be a lie. A single bullet, gracefully tapered at one end, is found lodged at the base of her skull. Caroline is stunned. It makes no sense: she has never been shot. She has no entry wound. No scar. Then, over the course of one awful evening, she learns the truth: that she was adopted when she was three years old, after her real parents were murdered. Caroline was there the night they were attacked. She was wounded too, a gunshot to the neck. Surgeons had stitched up the traumatized little girl, with the bullet still there, nestled deep among vital nerves and blood vessels. That was thirty-four years ago. Now, Caroline has to find the truth of her past. Why were her parents killed? Why is she still alive? She returns to her hometown where she meets a cop who lets slip that the bullet in her neck is the same bullet that killed her mother. Full-metal jacket, .38 Special. It hit Caroline’s mother and kept going, hurtling through the mother’s chest and into the child hiding behind her. She is horrified—and in danger. When a gun is fired it leaves markings on the bullet. Tiny grooves, almost as unique as a fingerprint. The bullet in her neck could finger a murderer. A frantic race is set in motion: Can Caroline unravel the clues to her past, before the killer tracks her down?"
See what I mean? The plot draws you in from the get-go. As much as I enjoyed diving into this one, the last half of the story threw me off just a bit. Certain decisions that Caroline made didn't exactly line up with her character (or the character we had essentially grown to know), although I decided to chalk it up to all that she had experienced throughout the course of the book. Truth be told, the outcome of the story had somewhat of a suspected twist that I had seen coming earlier on. However, it certainly didn't downplay what transpired during those final chapters. I was still pleased with the conclusion.
Overall, I found Mary Louise Kelly's writing style to be charming. I especially liked the way that she weaved Caroline's love of Parisian culture throughout the entire tale. Needless to say, it was a very good read and I'd recommend it to anyone who fancies mysteries and thrillers alike. I'd like to read her other book, Anonymous Sources, as well (though it doesn't sound as enticing).