Something About Sophie: A Novel

Something About Sophie: A Novel

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by Mary Kay McComas
     
 

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Answering a call that summons her to a stranger's deathbed, a reluctant Sophie Shepard is too late to hear what he was so anxious to tell her. What was so important that a dying man would think of her in his final moments? With the help of Dr. Drew McCarren, Sophie begins to dig into her past, setting off a chain of events that chills the quiet town of

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Answering a call that summons her to a stranger's deathbed, a reluctant Sophie Shepard is too late to hear what he was so anxious to tell her. What was so important that a dying man would think of her in his final moments? With the help of Dr. Drew McCarren, Sophie begins to dig into her past, setting off a chain of events that chills the quiet town of Clearfield, Virginia to its roots.

With part of her wanting nothing more than to put Clearfield behind her and run back home, Sophie knows she won't rest until she discovers the truth. But growing closer to the residents also means uncovering their dark secrets: about the woman who gave her up for adoption, the mysterious part these strangers played, and the life she never knew she nearly had.

Something About Sophie is an unforgettable story about the power of love...and the things people will do, both right and wrong, to protect it.

Editorial Reviews

Author of LOVE LIES BLEEDING and THE WIDOWS OF BRAXTON COUNTY - Jess McConkey
"Engaging characters, deadly secrets, and a plot with plenty of twists all make for a compelling read in this new suspense by Mary Kay McComas. Set against the background of a seemingly quiet Southern town, it will keep you guessing until the very end!"
Jess McConkey Author of LOVE LIES BLEEDING and THE WIDOWS OF BRAXTON COUNTY
“Engaging characters, deadly secrets, and a plot with plenty of twists all make for a compelling read in this new suspense by Mary Kay McComas. Set against the background of a seemingly quiet Southern town, it will keep you guessing until the very end!”
Kirkus Reviews
A romance and a mystery told in tandem. The story begins with a cryptic conversation between Arthur Cubeck, dying in the hospital, and a female visitor with whom he has long shared a guilty secret. He has contacted a young woman named Sophie with a request to come see him so he can tell her the secret the female visitor wishes him to keep. Clearly, his visitor wishes he would die before telling, and in fact, he does. Sophie, adopted as an infant by a woman who loved her and gave her a good life, is more concerned with mourning the death of her adoptive mother than in finding out about her birth mother. The invitation from Arthur to visit and find out about her origins is intriguing, but she is ambivalent, and when she finally makes up her mind to visit this stranger, she is too late. The trip is not wasted, however, as she finds herself attracted to the doctor who promises to look into whether Arthur left any written communication for her. He also returns her romantic interest. Arthur's lawyer asks Sophie to attend the reading of the will, and the fact that Arthur leaves her some property, along with the explanation that he owes her much, causes her and his son to wonder if he was her father. This is a clue worth following. Another clue is the stranger found dead with photos of Sophie in his possession. Soon, the small town is abuzz with speculation about Sophie, and eventually, she discovers the trauma of her conception and the reason Arthur, not a perpetrator but a witness, felt so guilty. The novel is similar in plot and structure to episodes of the television series Cold Case, whose fans will find its peregrinations most intriguing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062084804
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/26/2013
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
639,007
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

Meet the Author

Mary Kay McComas started her writing career twenty-five years ago. To date she's written twenty-one short contemporary romances and five novellas; Something About Sophie is her third novel. She was born in Spokane, Washington, and now lives in a small town in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her husband, three dogs, a cat, and her four children nearby.

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Something About Sophie 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is good but the sheer number of grammatical errors and typos is appalling for a major publishing house release. HarperCollins needs to invest more in quality editors. This reads more like a smashwords release than from an actual publishing house. Shame on Harper for making their writers look amateur!
BookStacksOnDeck More than 1 year ago
Gripping thriller! Sophie receives a phone call from a strange dying older man, Arthur, saying that he has something that he needs to tell her about her past. Sophie's adopted, but is perfectly content with her "real" adopted family and could live the rest of her life without ever learning about who her biological mother or father was. Curiosity gets to Sophie after a few persistent calls from Arthur and she travels to this old man's town, but not before he dies. He didn't leave her a note or anything. The whole situation is a bit mysterious.  Sophie ends up being asked by Arthur's lawyer to attend the will reading and finds out he's left her his farm property! She, along with Arthur's family, is seriously shocked, wondering why in the world he would leave such a huge amount of property to her... is it because he's feeling guilty about something? The possibility of him secretly fathering her isn't enough to keep such a secret and leave her such a thing in his will, is it? Since Sophie's arrived to this small town, someone's memories are stirred up of what happened years ago and this someone is trying to keep certain people's mouths shut - by murdering them. Sophie then is asked to stay in town longer than planned, while the sheriff investigates into the killings.  This plot just twisted and turned in places I couldn't have predicted. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to find out who was behind all of it and what any of it had to do with Sophie. I loved Jesse - while Sophie was in town, she stayed at a bed and breakfast that Jesse owned. Though all of this, Jesse became a great friend to Sophie. Sophie didn't really know anyone in this strange little town and Jesse was a good person that she could confide in and have a laugh or a drink with. Also, Sophie had a bit of a fling with Drew, a doctor that she'd started seeing that was working at the hospital that Arthur was staying in. After all of these mysteries events around them started happening, I found their relationship took on a realistic course. A truly exhilarating read!  Source: Publisher
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A very poor attempt at a murder.mystery. Seriously. The person responsible for the murders is just plain corney. If the book iis 2.99 ten buy amd read.it, otherwise forget it .
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KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A big mystery in a small town that is wrapped up in this unknowing young woman's past - if only she knew.  She knew she was adopted and ended up in the home of two loving parents; recently her mother passed away and she was contacted by a pastor who is living his last days and has some information he wants to share with her.  Before she arrives in town he has passed away and from there the pieces begin to unravel and finally at the very end the full truth comes out.