The Midnight Before Christmas

The Midnight Before Christmas

Book - 1998
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A mother races to find her son, who was allowed to leave school with the father who threatened to kill him, while the town they live in has shut down for the Christmas holidays.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine, c1998
ISBN: 9780345428103
0345428102
Characteristics: 224 p. ; 21 cm

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PolyWogg
Sep 26, 2017

BOTTOM-LINE:
Surprisingly light story given the dark nature of the case
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PLOT OR PREMISE:
Megan McGee is a 30-something lawyer facing a quiet Christmas with her dog when a new crying client Bonnie Cantrell comes asking for a restraining order.
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WHAT I LIKED:
The restraining order is against an abusive ex, Carl, who's also an ex-cop, and Bonnie is worried for the safety of not only herself but also her son and her new lover. The story starts as a simple textbook case, but starts to morph as it becomes evident that while Carl is unhinged, perhaps Bonnie isn't telling the whole truth.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
A thread of Christmas presents runs through the story showing that sometimes little miracles do happen, but it's rather cliché.
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DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow him on social media.

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