Sabrina's Palm Beach Secret

| September 04, 2002

McNally’s Chance
Lawrence Sanders
Reviewed by Barbara Watson
Company Driver for Tyson Foods

Listening Time: 3 hours

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Retail: $18

Genre: Mystery

Plot: Sabrina Wright is an author with a secret she doesn’t want anybody to discover.
When her daughter Gillian finds out the true story of her birth, she heads to Palm Beach, Florida, to look for her father. Sabrina sends her husband after Gillian to bring her home. In the middle of the chaos that follows, some people are missing, and some are dead.

Main Characters: Archy McNally is the main character. He works at his father’s law firm as an investigator. Sabrina Wright is a character trying to live with the fallout of a very old secret. Gillian Wright, Sabrina’s daughter, is reacting to the discovery of her real history by focusing her life on finding her father.

What’s best (or not)? I liked the way the book kept me guessing who’s who and who did the murder. I didn’t like the way they repeated who all the characters were.

Would you recommend? Yes, it keeps you guessing the whole book.

Narrator’s style: I like the way Boyd Gaines changes the tone of his voice and gives each character a different reading.

How would you rate the book? B+


NOTABLES

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Mary Higgins Clark

Ellie Cavanaugh was only seven years old when her fifteen-year-old sister, Andrea, was murdered near their home in a rural village in New York’s Westchester County. There were three suspects: Rob Westerfield, nineteen-year-old scion of a wealthy, prominent family whom Andrea has been secretly dating; Paul Stroebel, a sixteen-year-old schoolmate, who had a crush on Andrea; and Will Nebels, a local handyman in his 40s.

It was Ellie who had led her parents to the hideout in which Andrea’s body was found – a secret hideaway where she met her friends. And it was Ellie who was blamed by her parents for her sister’s death for not telling them about this place the night Andrea was missing. Ellie’s testimony eventually led to the conviction of the man she was convinced was the killer. Steadfastly denying his guilt, he spent the next twenty-two years in prison.

When he comes up for parole, Ellie, now an investigative reporter for an Atlanta newspaper, protests his release. Nonetheless, the convicted killer is set free. Ellie is determined to prove his guilt, but as she delves deeper into her research, she uncovers horrifying and unknown facts that shed new light on her sister’s murder.
4.5 hours
Retail: $26
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4.5 hours
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A beautiful teenage girl is killed, the victim of a particularly savage rape. New Iberia, Louisiana, police detective Dave Robicheaux senses from the very start of the investigation that the most likely suspect – drug addict Tee Bobby Hulin – is not the actual killer.

Before Robicheaux can bring the killer or killers to justice, he must battle a painkiller addiction. It is a habit brought on by a humiliating beating at the hands of a diabolical character known only as Legion, a malevolent bully seemingly possessed with supernatural skills of survival.

When Robicheaux’s longtime buddy Clete Purcel drops by New Iberia for a visit, he is quickly drawn into the struggle between evil forces.
15 hours
Retail: $45
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