Pat Nolan, an American man, is summoned to Paris to claim the body of his estranged daughter Megan, who has committed suicide. The body, however, is not Megan's and it becomes instantly clear to Pat that Megan staged this, that she is in serious trouble, and that she is calling to him for help.
This sends Pat on an odyssey that stretches across France and into the Czech Republic and that makes him the target of both the French police and a band of international terrorists. Joining Pat on his search is Catherine Laurence, a beautiful but tormented Paris detective who sees in Pat something she never thought she'd find-genuine passion and desperate need. As they look for Megan, they come closer to each other's souls and discover love when both had long given up on it.
Juxtaposed against this story is Megan's story. A freelance journalist, Megan is in Morocco to do research when she meets Abdel Lahani, a Saudi businessman. They begin a torrid affair, a game Megan has played often and well in her adult life. But what she discovers about Lahani puts her in the center of a different kind of game, one with rules she can barely comprehend. Because of her relationship with Lahani, Megan has made some considerable enemies. And she has put the lives of many-maybe even millions-at risk.
A World I Never Made is an atmospheric novel of suspense with brilliantly drawn characters and back-stories as compelling as the plot itself. It is the kind of novel that resonates deeply and leaves its traces long after you turn the final page.
Synopsis taken from goodreads.
Title: A World I Never Made
Author: James LePore
Genre: Adult Fiction, Thriller, Suspense
Publisher: The Story Plant
Publication Date: April 2009
Source: Received from publicist for Pump Up Your Book blog tour. Many thanks goes to Tracee for sending me a copy of this book. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
Tour: Pump Up Your Book
My rating: 4/5
Pat Nolan heads to Paris to confront the disturbing reality that his estranged daughter, Megan, has committed suicide. However all is not as it seems, and Pat is lead on a high-stakes chase throughout France and the Czech Republic as he follows Megan's trail. With danger looming in from all sides, Pat will have to be careful who he confides in. He teams up with detective Catherine Laurence to find his daughter before she ends up dying for real.
Pat is the quintessential man. He is world-weary, a man of regrets, and also a man who would do anything to alter the relationship he has with his daughter. Even if it means finding her and getting her out of trouble. He has his faults, and is hard on himself for them. He reminisces about his deceased wife, and Megan's childhood without him around. He has been adamant he would never fall in love again, and he has remained true to this vow, until now. A father's love is a father's love, and his race to save his daughter is compelling. The secrets we learn along the way only serve to deepen our connection to Pat.
Megan lives a volatile lifestyle. As a journalist, she has worked on several pieces involving terrorism and terrorist organizations. She also tends to enter into relationships where she plays games with dangerous consequences. We read from her perspective as she enters into a relationship with calculating, and suave Abdel Lahani. She plays dangerous games of cat and mouse to uncover material for her pieces; however, she may have picked the wrong man to play with this time. He has secrets of his own, and is not above playing her games against her as well.
Written in both Pat's and Megan's views, we see the end result where Pat comes in, but also what preempted Megan's need to call out to her dad for help. Her elaborate game of cat and mouse spirals out of control, weaving an increasingly dangerous web around her.
All in all, a riveting and explosive thriller sure to captivate the reader from the first page. Haunting character detail, and an elaborate plot line help keep the suspense high as the action never lets up. LePore is certainly one to watch.