In A Heartbeat

In A Heartbeat

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by Rosalind Noonan
     
 

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From the acclaimed author of One September Morning comes a gripping new novel that explores one family's journey in the wake of a horrific crime and its unexpected aftermath.

Kate McGann is wrenched from sleep by the 3 a.m. phone call every parent dreads. Her nineteen-year-old son, Ben, is lying unconscious in a Syracuse hospital after being attacked in

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From the acclaimed author of One September Morning comes a gripping new novel that explores one family's journey in the wake of a horrific crime and its unexpected aftermath.

Kate McGann is wrenched from sleep by the 3 a.m. phone call every parent dreads. Her nineteen-year-old son, Ben, is lying unconscious in a Syracuse hospital after being attacked in his sleep by an unknown assailant with a baseball bat.

While Kate waits, frantically wishing for Ben to wake up and take back his life, she tries to uncover who could have done something so brutal. Ben's talent as a baseball player on his college team made some teammates jealous, but could any of them have hated him enough to do this? The crisis brings all of Ben's relationships into sharp focus--and also leads Kate to unsettling revelations about her marriage. And with each discovery, Kate learns what happens when a single unforeseen event changes everything, and the future you've taken for granted is snatched away in a heartbeat. . .

Praise for Rosalind Noonan's One September Morning

"Reminiscent of Jodi Picoult's kind of tale. . .it's a keeper!"--Lisa Jackson, New York Times bestselling author

"Written with great insight. . . Noonan delivers a fast-paced, character-driven tale with a touch of mystery." --Publishers Weekly

"Noonan creates a unique thriller. . .a novel that focuses on the toll war takes on returning soldiers and civilians whose loved ones won't be coming home." --Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780758267368
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
115,437
File size:
597 KB

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In a Heartbeat 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
At four in the morning, Kate McGann is awakened by a phone call from Cross College in Syracuse. Her nineteen year old college student Ben was assaulted in his dorm room at the university. He lies in a coma after a brutal beating by an unknown assailant using a baseball bat. Kate and her husband Eli rush to Ben's side, but have to wait to see him while he undergoes emergency surgery. Detective Greg Cord leads the investigation. He believes the victim knew the perpetrator. Most of Ben's skull is removed so that the swelling does not cause any other traumas. Eli cannot cope staying at the hospital so he leaves for home. Greg focuses on students especially players on the baseball team in which Ben was a highly regarded talent. Kate remains vigilant at her son's side. She and the lead detective are aware of one another as an attraction exists. There are two members of the team who hated Ben; for taking a starting spot in the lineup from one of them and forcing the other to change position. Just when he thinks he might have Ben's attacker due to strong circumstantial evidence, Greg has to let him go because the kid has an airtight alibi. The other suspect claims he was nowhere near Ben during the night in question. Relooking his probe from a fresh perspective, Greg starts anew but fears if his hunch proves right Kate's heart will break. In a Heartbeat is an excellent blending of a poignant family drama and a stirring investigative mystery that fans of a police investigation and of mainstream fiction will appreciate. The secondary sidebar subplot between Greg and Kate adds a light touch to what is a very dark tale. The key characters are fully developed to the point that readers will, In a Heartbeat, want Rosalind Noonan to write a sequel. Harriet Klausner
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