The Girl From Home is a great thriller

25814347The Girl From Home by Adam Mitzner features Jonathan Caine, a self-absorbed Wall Street hedge fund manager.  Growing up, Jonathan always thought his father was just average and weak, which made him strive to obtain his millions, his trophy wife and possessions.

He has a saying he lives by ‘I want what I want’ so he goes after the things he wants no matter what.  He lives in a very expensive Manhattan apartment with his wife who only cares about status, drives a leased Bentley and is trying to get enough millions to buy a house on the ocean in East Hampton.

A client wants his $250 billion dollars back and wants it now so Jonathan does a few illegal moves to be able to pay the client back and not have anyone notice.  Accused of insider trading, Jonathan’s assets are frozen and his seemingly charmed life has evaporated around him.  With nowhere to turn, Jonathan decides to head back to New Jersey to care for his ailing father and to attend his twenty-fifth high school reunion.

At the reunion, Jonathan runs into Jacqueline Williams, the pretty girl from his class who married the quarterback who also abuses her and is super jealous.  Soon Jonathan and Jackie start on a secret love affair that takes them down a slippery slope.

Everything I’ve ever read about hedge funds sounds like it’s all a scam.  So reading a book that features a hedge fund manager doesn’t make me very sympathetic to Jonathan’s plight.  I did have sympathy for Jacqueline who is married to an abusive husband who she didn’t know was that way when they originally got married.

I found the setup of the book interesting.  It bounced back and forth between what was going on during the shady trading and the class reunion.  Eventually time catches up to right after the reunion.  This was a very well written story that kept my interest.  If you can get past the Wall Street money scam, the story is really good with an interesting twist.

Book Description:

The acclaimed author, whose recent novel of suspense Losing Faith was declared “startling…a well-crafted story” (Kirkus Reviews), takes you on a gripping psychological thrill ride in this electrifying tale of a millionaire who will go to deadly lengths to get what he wants.

Jonathan Caine is a true master of the universe—a currency wizard with a trophy wife, a penthouse condo with a view of the Statue of Liberty, and the desire for more—when his world comes crashing down, spiraling him into a relentless fall from grace.  Devastated, Jonathan returns to his hometown to care for his ailing father and attend his twenty-fifth high school reunion, where he becomes reacquainted with former prom queen Jacqueline Williams.  Back in the day, Jackie didn’t even know Jonathan existed. Now she is intrigued by the man he has become.  But their budding relationship has problems, not the least of which is Jackie’s jealous and abusive husband.  Jonathan is determined to learn from his mistakes, but is he capable of complete transformation?  Or will a shocking temptation test his desire for redemption beyond anything he could have imagined?

Until next time…enjoy the view from your passenger seat