by Danielle Steel
Publication Date June 28, 2022
Published by Random House Publishing Group
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Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense, Fiction / Women
Reading Challenges: 20 Books of Summer 2022
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A dedicated CIA agent becomes an unexpected ally to a woman haunted by the kidnapping of her family, in this thrilling novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel.
Theodora Morgan is fashion royalty. Founder of a wildly popular online shopping service, she is one of the most successful businesswomen in the world, although she prefers to keep a low profile, especially over the last months. It was a year ago when the unthinkable struck her family, and her husband, industry mogul Matthieu Pasquier, and their son were kidnapped and held for ransom—a nightmare that ended in tragedy.
The case has gone cold, despite evidence linking the crime to Matthieu’s Russian competitors. Theo has reluctantly gone back to work running her company. On the flight to a launch party for one of her highly anticipated pop-up shops in New York City, she crosses paths with high-society networker Pierre de Vaumont. Theo politely invites him to her event—unaware that Pierre has been flagged by the CIA.
Senior supervising CIA operative Mike Andrews investigates Pierre’s suspicious Russian contacts and clears him to enter the country, but when he realizes that Theodora Morgan is on the same flight, he becomes concerned for her safety. Posing as a lawyer, Mike begins a covert mission—starting with Theo’s opening party. When Mike and Theo meet, their connection is instant, but Theo is completely unaware of Mike’s true objective or identity… or that the life she is rebuilding is in grave danger.
Suspects by Danielle Steel is an emotional story about a woman who lost her husband and son in a kidnapping gone wrong. But, one year later and the kidnappers still have not been caught, and she’s in as much danger as she was before.
Theodora Morgan (Theo) lives in Paris and has a wildly successful online fashion site, and for years has been known as the queen of fashion. Her life took a quick turn for the worse a year ago when her husband and thirteen-year-old son were kidnapped and then murdered. Still reeling from their deaths, Theo barely manages her own company as well as her late husband’s global businesses. The kidnappers were never caught, and Theo still has 24-hour bodyguards to keep her safe.
Theo finally decides to go out into the world and travels to New York to oversee a fashion pop-up store for her fashion line. While in New York she meets Pierre de Vaumont, a jet-setting networker, and invites him to her exclusive opening of the pop-up store. She doesn’t realize that Pierre was flagged by the CIA, and that’s when she meets Mike Andrews, who poses as a lawyer but is actually a CIA agent who is tailing Pierre. After meeting Theo, Mike decides to have another look at her husband and son’s kidnapping and decides to see if he can find out more about the kidnappers, especially if they are still alive and active.
This is a complex mystery and a very emotional story. Theo is a broken woman and is slowly healing as she gets back out in the world and oversees her business and her late husband’s business. Her life since the kidnapping has been one of solitude, except for the 24-hour bodyguards.
Suspects has something for almost everyone. It’s a thriller, with a mystery with just a bit of romance as we get inside the world of high finance, and global espionage. It’s not a long book, so it’s a quick read, but very satisfying too. It’s set in Paris, but we go to New York and French Chateau in the countryside.
I prefer the UK cover over the US cover. I just love the colors of the UK cover.
Suspects by Danielle Steel counts towards my 20 Books of Summer 2022 Challenge.
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