“I don’t know what happened that night, I swear to God. But I know a person died in my presence and there’s a very real possibility I killed him.”
In the follow up story to Something Taken, Melissa McCurdy, aka Terry Roche, receives a disturbing note in the mail telling her that they have reopened a nearly 30 year old cold case involving a crime she was involved with. Melissa doesn’t know what is worse, possibly going to prison for the rest of her life, or telling her husband of nearly 25 years, and children who she REALLY is.
As the prosecutor seeks first degree murder charges, Melissa is down right petrified. She spends her retirement money on her defense, and goes through the drudging motions of a trial. Her defense debates on whether or not they should pursue self defense, or reasonable doubt, but since Melissa doesn’t remember the events of that fateful day, the task is extremely difficult.
As the prosecutor builds Henson up, he simultaneously tears Melissa down, pinning her as a teenage drug addicted prostitute. The isolation of her prison cell wears at her sanity, and even Melissa begins to question herself. But then, someone unexpected from her past steps forward, and suddenly it all begins to make sense…
I loved this story, even more than the first one, and I am really looking forward to the third book that is due to be out. Something Returned, by Jerrie Brock reads as a memoir. The details are so precise and realistic, I sometimes forgot that this was a fictitious story!
Melissa, aka Terry, is all grown up and as such her mindset is very different than from the first story when she was a teenager on drugs. She is surrounded by people who love and support her, and as Andy helped her, she herself is giving back to the community to pay it forward.
Melissa is a testament to the power of love, and forgiveness. Her errors of the past have been compensated with wisdom and grace. I would recommend this story to anyone who was interested in a contemporary crime story, with a strong theme of romance. 5/5 stars!
*** I received a copy of this book from the Author in exchange for a fair & honest review.