Friday, August 7, 2015

The Ones We Trust - Kimberly Belle

The Ones We Trust
Kimberly Belle
Mira, Jul 28 2015, $14.95
ISBN: 9780778317869

Three years ago, reporter Abigail Wolff met Maria Duncan just outside Baltimore.  Maria gave the journalist proof that her boss Chelsea Vogel, a strident antigay activist, is a false prophetess.  Abigail exposes the thirty-something mom and American Society for Truth CEO.  Not long after her public humiliation, Chelsea commits suicide.  Feeling guilt, Abigail quits journalism.

Infamous for his drunken performance on TV at the funeral of his war hero brother Zach; Gabe Armstrong, supported by their mother, wants the truth be told as to what happened to his sibling in Afghanistan.  A PTSD-induced hermit, Gabe leaves Abigail with a note that outlines what he believes happened in Theater.  She talks with her father, a retired general, who Abigail senses surprisingly proves not very forthcoming.  Not long after that paternal chat, Abigail investigates only to find the military also close-mouthed.  Attracted to Gabe and an obsession to learn what occurred to Zach, Abigail keeps digging.

The key to this profound thriller is the military suspense mystery supersedes the seemingly required romance.  The cast is fully developed with a deep bench adding layers to a story that in some ways will remind the audience of the late NFL player Pat Tillman.

Harriet Klausner

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