Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Review: The Exceptions by David Cristofano

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446567353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446567350

Book Description

From David Cristofano, the Edgar Award-nominated author of "The Girl She Used to Be," comes a poignant, darkly witty story about the ties that bind us together . . . and the choices that rip us apart. 


"No loose ends." It's the Bovaro family motto. As part of the Bovaro clan, one of the most powerful and respected families in organized crime, Jonathan knows what he must do: take out Melody Grace McCartney, the woman whose testimony can lock up his father and disgrace his entire family. The only problem: he can't bring himself to do it. 

Had Jonathan kept his silence, Melody and her parents would never have been identified and lured into the Witness Protection Program, able to run but never to hide. So he keeps her safe the only way he knows how-by vowing to clean up his own mess while acting as her shield. 

But as he watches her take on another new identity in yet another new town, becoming a beautiful but broken woman, Jonathan can't get her out of his mind . . . or his heart. From the streets of Little Italy to a refuge that promises a fresh start, Jonathan will be forced to choose between the life he's always known, the destiny his family has carved out for him, and a future unlike anything he's ever imagined. 

About The Author

 David Cristofano has earned degrees in Government & Politics and Computer Science from the University of Maryland at College Park and has worked for different branches of the Federal Government for over a decade. His short works have been published by Like Water Burning and McSweeneys. He currently works in the Washington, D.C. area where he lives with his wife, son and daughter. THE GIRL SHE USED TO BE is his first novel.

My Review

To say that I loved David Cristofano's debut novel The Girl She Used To Be would be an understatement.  I devoured that book as I raced through it.  The Exceptions is not quite the same heart pounding pace, at least not at first but by midway through the novel I couldn't put it down.  This is Jonathan's story.  The Girl She Used to Be is the same story from Melody's perspective.

This is mob story, a story about the witness protection program but most of all it is a love story.  Jonathan and Melody's story will touch your heart.  You will be rooting for them! It is interesting to be reading a story that is vaguely familiar at all times yet different.  The twists and turns are amazing.  Lots of new surprises. 

And what is the witness protection program....Ghosts among the real. Think about it.  How well do you really know the people you work with, go to church with, or live next door to you. 

Both books are excellent.  Read The Girl She Used To Be now and be sure to pick up a copy of The Exceptions in August.  Great title!  Loved the ending!

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