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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Book Review: The Real Michael Swann by Bryan Reardon

The Real Michael Swann
by Bryan Reardon
June 12, 2018
Publisher: Dutton

349 pages

ISBN: 9781524742324 
Audio CD: B07CWY1ZC4
On a typical late summer day, Julia Swann is on the phone with her husband, Michael, when the call abruptly goes dead. Then the news rolls in: A bomb has gone off at Penn Station, where Michael was waiting for a train home. New York City is in a state of chaos.

A frantic Julia races to the city to look for Michael, her panic interwoven with memories of meeting and falling in love with the husband she's now desperate to find. When someone finds a flier she's posted and tells her they may have seen her husband, her dreams seem to be answered. Yet as she tries to find him, her calls go unanswered.

Weaving between the aftermath of the explosion and Julia's memories of her life with Michael, new developments raise troubling questions. Did Michael survive the explosion? Why hasn't he contacted her? What was he doing when their last call was cut off? Was he--or is he still--the man she fell in love with?

Part family drama, part tragic love story, and part disaster narrative that hits terrifyingly close to home, The Real Michael Swann is a deftly plotted suspense novel with an unflinching portrait of a marriage at its heart, challenging us to confront the unthinkable--both in our country and in our own homes.

Julia Swann's husband calls her from Penn train station in New York City and tells her his train is running late. Suddenly, they are cut off. She finds out that a bomb had gone off there and many are wounded and dead. She leaves their two sons with a friend and races off in her car to the station in frantic haste. After posting a flier, she gets word someone has seen Michael, and she wonders why he hasn’t tried to contact her. We also get a POV from a man, who may have gotten amnesia from the bomb detonation and bit by bit he realizes he has someone to get to, his wife. During the story, the reader learns how husband and wife met, making you care for the love story between these two.

The Real Michael Swann is the perfect read for summer, hot, heart-pounding, with a love story fueling the thriller. It’ll draw you in and won’t let you go until the last page.

I give The Real Michael Swann 4 ½ sheep

Reviewed by Pamela K. Kinney

About the Author:
Bryan Reardon is the author of the New York Times best-selling novel, Finding Jake. For the past decade, he has also worked as a freelance writer specializing in medical communications, and as a ghostwriter. He co-wrote Ready, Set, Play with retired NFL player and ESPN analyst Mark Schlereth and Cruel Harvest. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Bryan worked for the State of Delaware for over a decade, starting in the Office of the Governor. He holds a BA in psychology from the University of Notre Dame and lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania, with his wife, kids, and rescue dog, Simon.

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