Spotlight: Before She Was Helen by Caroline B. Cooney
Her life didn’t turn out the way she expected–so she made herself a new one
When Clemmie goes next door to check on her difficult and unlikeable neighbour Dom, he isn’t there. But something else is. Something stunning, beautiful and inexplicable. Clemmie photographs the wondrous object on her cell phone and makes the irrevocable error of forwarding it. As the picture swirls over the internet, Clemmie tries desperately to keep a grip on her own personal network of secrets. Can fifty years of careful hiding under names not her own be ruined by one careless picture?
And although what Clemmie finds is a work of art, what the police find is a body… and she was the last person at the crime scene, where she left her fingerprints. Suddenly thrown into the heart of a twisted investigation, Clemmie finds herself the uncomfortable subject of intense scrutiny. And the bland, quiet life Clemmie has built for herself in her sleepy South Carolina retirement community comes crashing down as her dark past surges into the present.
Praise for Before She Was Helen
This story just reels you in. And honestly, I kept guessing and just plain guessing wrong! I love that! I love an author which keeps me on my toes and this one surely did!Fredreeca, ‘Before She was Helen by Caroline B. Cooney @PPPress @carolinebcooney #fiction #review’, Reecaspieces, 10/09/2020
Before She Was Helen captures well Clemmie’s terror as the basketball coach continues to torment her right up to his death as well as Helen’s struggle to defend herself as the drug dealers circle, and all this set against the amusing, everyday life of the elderly residents of Sun City. This book is highly recommended.Lyn Squire, ‘Before She Was Helen: A Novel’, Manhattan Book Review, date unknown
Caroline B. Cooney always leaves you on the edge of your seat, and this book will do the same.Mrs. Mac, ‘“Before she was Helen” Caroline B. Cooney’, You Decide: Should I Read It or Not? 08/09/2020
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