Book Reviews

Suspicion by Joseph Finder

18667959[1]“When single father Danny Goodman suddenly finds himself unable to afford the private school his teenage daughter adores, he has no one to turn to for financial support.

In what seems like a stroke of brilliant luck, Danny meets Thomas Galvin, the father of his daughter’s new best friend, who also happens to be one of the wealthiest men in Boston. Galvin is aware of Danny’s situation and out of the blue offers a $50,000 loan to help Danny cover his daughter’s tuition. Uncomfortable but desperate, Danny takes the money, promising to pay Galvin back.

What transpires is something Danny never imagined. The moment the money is wired into his account, the DEA comes knocking on his door. Danny’s impossible choice: an indictment for accepting drug money that he can’t afford to fight in court, or an unthinkably treacherous undercover assignment helping the government get close to his new family friend.

As Danny begins to lie to everyone in his life, including those he loves most in the world, he must decide once and for all who the real enemy is or risk losing everything—and everyone—that matters to him.” ~ Goodreads



Suspicion (May 27) by Joseph Finder is a thriller/mystery that has many twists and turns. The opening line couldn’t be more precise as to what happens to Danny Goodman as he basically shakes hands with the devil.

“Sometimes the smallest decision can change your life forever.”

Desperate to keep his daughter happy and enrolled in a prestigious school, Danny agrees to accept money from one of his daughter’s new best friends’ father, Thomas Galvin. What he doesn’t realize is as soon as the wired money clears, he is being hounded by the DEA to become an informant and spy against Galvin who has ties with the notorious Sinaloa cartel. Danny can’t undo accepting the money and being a struggling writer and not a trained spy, keeps the reader’s heart pounding as he tries to befriend Galvin on a personal level while sneaking around to get information.

I wanted to yell at Danny to “come clean” to Gavin and not get himself involved in such predicaments but that is where Finder succeeds in his roller-coaster ride story-telling. Also, his daughter was getting on my last nerve with her spoiled tendencies but Danny as the sole parent (her mother recently died) would do anything for her. And staying friends with Galvin’s daughter and going to the private school was non-negotiable with his moody teen.

One of the greatest aspects for now working in a library is talking to all the other employees and discussing their favorite books and authors. One lady I work with reads only suspense and thrillers and she loves Joseph Finder. I can see why.

To learn more about Joseph Finder and his other edge-of-your-seat thrillers, visit his site here.

*Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Group Dutton for this advanced reader’s copy. I was not compensated or required to review this title.


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