Thursday, December 8, 2011


The Daughter She Used to Be by Rosalind Noonan

Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation 
Pages:  352 
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Goodreads:  One woman is torn between loyalty to her family's ways and to her most profound convictions . . .

The daughter of a career cop, Bernadette Sullivan grew up with blue uniforms hanging in the laundry room and cops laughing around the dinner table.  Her brother joined New York's finest, her sisters married cops, and Bernie is an assistant District Attorney.  Collaring criminals, putting them away - it's what they do.  And though lately Bernie feels a growing desire for a family of her own, she's never questioned her choices.  Then a shooter targets a local coffee shop, and tragey strikes the Sullivan family.

Anger follows grief - and Bernie realizes that her father's idea of retribution is very different from her own.  All her life, she's inhabited a clear-cut world of right and wrong, of morality and corruption.  As Bernie struggles to protect the people she loves, she must also decide what it means to see justice served.  And in her darkest hour, she will find out just what it means to be her father's daughter.


Kritters Thoughts:  My first experience with a Rosalind Noonan, but as they came highly recommended from my mom, I would have to agree with her that this won't be my last Rosalind Noonan read. 


As luck would have it, I was asked to host this book for a book tour and what a great read.  I am now in a relationship with a police officer, so this book hit way close to home, but this new living situation, may have helped me love it even more.  The story centers around the youngest daughter of a retired police officer who spent 50 years serving the city of New York and lived through many things including 9/11.  Along with this main story is another story that centers around a young man who has some physical disabilities and is just getting out of prison, the way these stories intertwine is entertaining and heartbreaking.  


I thought I knew where this book was headed and was ready for it to end one way, but the story went a completely different direction and I loved every minute of it.  The surprises were enjoyable and came from out of the blue.  I would recommend this book to those who like women's fiction with a little more depth to them. 


Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel 

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from the author and Crazy Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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