CRACKED by Barbra Leslie


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An aggressive drug addict is determined to find the connection between her twin’s death and her own life.

No one sets out to be an addict, but when Jack, her husband and the love of her life, goes around the bend, Danielle "Danny" Cleary starts on a habit she can’t stop. One day, years after their split, Danny’s hanging around with her partner in addiction, Gene, waiting for their dealer, D-Man, to front them a little something. She’s tried to drop off the face of the Earth and doesn’t even pick up the phone when it rings, since most of her callers are credit card companies anyway. That’s how she ends up hearing about the death of her twin sister, Ginger, on a voice mail message. Ginger had the life that Danny meant to have. She married Fred, her high school sweetheart, had kids, and became an Orange County housewife. Danny was too ashamed to admit her lifestyle to Ginger, but Ginger may have known more than Danny thought, or so Fred says when he blames her for Ginger’s death. Although Ginger was found with a syringe in her arm, Danny knows she was no addict and thinks the scene may have been set up by someone connected to her. Already out for revenge, Danny is pushed a step too far when a woman posing as her takes off with Ginger’s twin sons—and that’s just the beginning.

Leslie can get overwrought, and she kills off a surprising number of characters in the first book of a planned trilogy. But her writing style and twists can be addictive, even if they’re not crack.

Pub Date: Nov. 24th, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-78329-698-9
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Titan Books
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2015


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