- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Second Wind Publishing, LLC
- Language: English
- ISBN-13: 978-1935171195
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
- $15.95 (2009)
Synopsis: When twenty-five-year-old Mary Stuart learns she inherited a farm from her recently murdered grandparents--grandparents her father claimed had died before she was born--she becomes obsessed with finding out who they were and why someone wanted them dead. Along the way she accumulates a crew of feisty octogenarians-former gangsters and friends of her grandfather. She meets and falls in love with Tim Olson, whose grandfather shared a deadly secret with her great-grandfather. Now Mary and Tim need to stay one step ahead of the killer, who is desperate to dig up that secret.
DAUGHTER AM I, a review:
Pat Bertram's suspense novel Daughter Am I is a journey in the true sense of the word. Though the story takes place in modern times and mostly on the road, members of Mary Stuart's entourage share fabulous tales of the Syndicate's power during her grandparents' era.
As the synopsis suggests, Mary sets out to discover why her grandparents, people she didn't know exited, were murdered. Along her cross-country trek, she literally picks up a delightful assortment of characters all over the age of eighty. These octogenarians are the last remaining friends of Mary's grandparents and want to help in her search to find the murderer. But what Mary doesn't realize is not only do they offer wisdom into who may have been responsible, they provide Mary with insight into who James and Regina Stuart were. She gains an understanding of her grandparents she would have never acquire otherwise.
Daughter Am I is a character-driven page-turner. Every person has a distinct and endearing voice. Their very persona jump off the page. Even the character of cold-blooded killer Iron Sam comes alive in a way most writers can only dream of creating. The dialogue is sharp and concise and very believable. The descriptions are familiar, yet crisp and original. The prose are smooth and straightforward, and not once did Miss Bertram use terms or language that pulled me out of the story. I was her captive audience for three days. I could have read it faster, but frankly, I didn't want to say goodbye to these wonderful characters.
Daughter Am I is a novel of impeccable taste with characters you cheer for immediately. A dynamic novel that will have you searching for her other books: More Deaths Than One and A Spark of Heavenly Fire.
Daughter Am I was a great read.
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