A Stranger’s Revenge
Published January 4th, 2022
About the Book:
When art law attorney Abigail Clarke is mistaken for the murdered twin sister she never knew existed, will she be able to outwit a man determined to kill every member of her treacherous family.
Thirty years ago, during a thunderstorm, on an isolated street in South Boston, an unidentified two-year-old girl was discovered, abandoned, shot, barely clinging to life. After a thorough investigation, the case was eventually designated to the cold case files until Abigail Clarke, now an astraphobic art law attorney, is mistaken for the murdered twin sister she never knew existed.
What the FBI Art Crime Division cannot determine is if Abigail is an innocent bystander or a co-conspirator in her sister’s art fraud crimes.
Compelled to uncover all her family’s secrets, nothing prepares Abigail for the disastrous meeting with her murderous brother and crime boss father. Her life is irreversibly changed the more she becomes mired in her family’s treachery. She soon finds herself drawn into a game of cat and mouse by the vengeful killer who methodically plans to execute every member of her family, holding each one of them ultimately responsible for the murder of his own family thirty years ago.
About the Author
Kathleen McGillick is an attorney by education and writes mainly suspense and thriller novels. She earned a B.S.N. from the University of Miami, and an M.S. from Adelphi University, after which she practiced nursing for seventeen years. In 1994, while working as a Registered Nurse, she earned a Juris Doctorate from the John Marshall School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. Her solo law practice in which she specialized in Family Law for twenty-seven years, centered on meeting the needs of women and children.
While practicing law, she turned to novel writing and has self-published ten novels that have recurring themes of legal intrigue and stolen art. As an avid international traveler, she incorporates many of the places she has traveled into the settings of her books. For the last fifteen years, she has immersed herself in the study of art history and the intrigue of crimes related to fakes and forgeries which she weaves into her character-driven complex plots.
Born and raised in New York, she now resides in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. Kathleen is a grandmother of two teenage grandchildren and a mother to four fur babies.
Abby is slowly learning of the family she never knew, and it is not a pretty picture. The deeper she delves into the mess, the harder it is to know which way is up. As Abby tries to piece together what happened to her sister, she finds herself in a mess of trouble, and it only gets worse. Thankfully, she has the help of Alessandro. He’s tasked with finding some missing paintings and has the skills to make this mission successful. But the mission involves Abby’s family, and she pushes her way into it because she needs answers.
Abby runs headfirst into situations. She’s often irrational and reckless, with no forethought if a situation will be safe. She has no pause button to consider other options or the inevitable fallout. It’s rare to see a character with so little regard for their safety. In the beginning, she says she has: “a checklist in her head that constantly monitors people for deceptive activity.” That couldn’t be further from the truth, and it’s never mentioned again. People are throwing warning signs all over the place. There are practically flashing signs guiding her way, and she still ignores them. So because of her recklessness and willful disregard for her life, it’s hard to root for her. But my semi-dislike for her doesn’t deter the enjoyment of the book because you can be lukewarm for a character and still enjoy the book.
A Stranger’s Revenge is a well-researched novel that has us deep in the art world, traversing the ocean, in the middle of a crime family, with our characters in constant danger. The more I read, the harder it was to put the book down. Overall, this is an enjoyable and addicting read.
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