by Catherine Palmer

May 2008
ISBN: 978-0-373-78615-2
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Ana Burns wants to write the award winning article. She believes her dreams are about to be realized when she is offered a job in St. Louis at a major newspaper, but there she is assigned little no-account articles—such as writing about lead paint in some of St. Louis’s older businesses.

Sam Hawke wants to reach the inner city, but his struggling inner-city youth center is about to draw it’s last breathe unless he gets some much needed funding. He is unhappy when Ana starts poking around the center asking questions about paint. He’s afraid that if she writes an article about his center then they would lose the support they already have.

A shy little girl who always hides in a dark corner grabs Ana’s attention and won’t let go. Ana is able to communicate with the girl in Spanish. Soon Ana’s worst fears about Flora are realized—and protecting Flora and the center from a powerful predator would take a miracle.

Thread of Deceit is another winner by this award winning author. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Thread of Deceit and couldn’t put it down. At first, I found parts of it confusing, but once I kept reading it all became clear although I didn’t like one of the points of view that were added quite frequently. One part of the book seemed quite familiar, and I know that I’ve read that scene before, almost verbatim, in another book at some time, but it may have been one of Ms. Palmer’s other books. She is such a prolific author, its likely similar scenes will have occurred.

Ana and Sam are both realistic, and the secondary characters are equally well developed. The suspense part was strong, but I figured it out early so it wasn’t no big surprise when the “bad guy” was revealed. Don’t miss Thread of Deceit. It will stay with you for a long time to come. Discussion questions are included at the end.

Reviewed in April 2008 by Laura.

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