John DeDakis, who edits and writes on Wolf Blitzer's
"Situation Room, has crafted an exciting narrative with his debut novel
Our story begins with a cataclysmic event
when our principal protagonist Lark Chadwick's aunt, Ann, unexpectedly
takes her own life. Lark had been very close to her aunt after her
parents were killed in a collision with a train. As a result, Lark is
now determined to find out how exactly the accident occurred and why did
her aunt commit suicide.
Following the shock waves of the suicide of
her aunt, she accidentally meets up with Lionel Stone, a former Pulitzer
Prize winner and New York Times editor who has now recently become the
publisher of a local newspaper. Stone hires Lark as an investigative
reporter and what she discovers, after a relentless journey, was that
she was in the car at the time of her parents fatal accident.
Fortunately, she had been thrown to safety, thus giving her the name of
“the miracle baby,” by the press.
However, Stone never realized that when he
hired Lark that the subsequent story she would stumble upon was beyond
his wildest imagination that would include a threat on the life of his
newly hired reporter, a move to oust the local priest, the questionable
and suspicious behavior of the law authorities at the time of the
accident, and the exact nature of the train accident. Moreover, Lark
believes that her entire life had been lived in the shadow of a lie, as
she was never told the truth by her aunt and grandparents as to what
The novel's strength is its roller-coaster
plot, where tension lies between secrets revealed and unrevealed. In
fact, you can't stop reading and you don't want to stop!