The Bullet

The Bullet

A Novel

Book - 2015
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Caroline Cashion, a professor of French literature at Georgetown University, is stunned when an MRI reveals that she has a bullet lodged near the base of her skull. It makes no sense: she has never been shot. She has no entry wound. No scar. When she confronts her parents, they initially profess bewilderment. Then, over the course of one awful evening, she learns the truth: she was adopted when she was three years old, after her real parents were murdered in cold blood. Caroline had been there the night of the attack, and she'd been hit by a single gunshot to the neck. Buried too deep among vital nerves and blood vessels, the surgeons had left it, and stitched up the traumatized little girl with the bullet still inside. That was thirty-four years ago. Now, Caroline returns to her hometown to learn whatever she can about who her parents were and why they died. Along the way she meets a cop who worked the case, who reveals that even after all these years, the police do not have enough evidence to nail their suspect. The killer is still at large. Caroline is horrified--and in danger. Because the bullet in Caroline's neck could identify the murderer and he'll do anything to keep it out of the police's hands. Now Caroline will have to decide: run for her life, or stay and fight?
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2015
ISBN: 9781476769813
Characteristics: 357 p. ; 24 cm


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Fast and fun. A great mystery - part crime novel, part thriller.

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JCLLaurelA Jan 20, 2021

The second novel by one of my favorite NPR correspondents. I love the premise behind this book. A mysterious pain in your wrist leading to the discovery of a bullet that is in your neck, and apparently has been for over 30 years? Awesome! This discovery sends Caroline on a fast paced adventure that I couldn't put down. The reveal was not quite what I expected, which is always a pleasant surprise for me. I hope Mary Louise Kelly continues to flex her novel muscles!

Dec 23, 2017

A page turner with many twists, with an ending I did not see coming.

Jul 23, 2017

Good writing, kept me entertained, however didn't like the solution....

May 27, 2015

This thriller started out with a great premise--a pain in her wrist leads a young French professor to learn that she has a bullet lodged in the back of her neck. She did not know it was there and upon discovering it, finds she is not exactly who she thought she was. The book sucked me in with that premise and held pretty tight. The ultimate reveal, though, is not terribly surprising. I was kind of hoping for more twists and turns. But all-in-all, it wasn't a bad way to spend my weekend. I will certainly check out future books by Ms. Kelly.

multcolib_alisonk Apr 16, 2015

If you're on a long flight or trying to divert yourself from something unpleasant, this is a good choice. It's a quick read that keeps you guessing. But be prepared to swallow some implausible scenarios, and a bit of romantic fluffiness. This is the equivalent of a reading doughnut - enjoy it while it lasts and try not regret it the next day.

Feb 28, 2015

I wasn't really expecting it, but this book sucked me in from the first page. A compelling page-turner. Looking forward to more from Mary Louise Kelly.

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