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Michael: This story shows the transformation of a woman from an unattractive, submissive wife, into an assertive and lovely woman who knows what she wants and how to achieve it.
Nell Calder wasn't born beautiful, a fact that her unfeeling mother informed her about. How she was able to grow normally in a home with an uncaring mother, was a tribute to an inner strength that she didn't know she had.
She married well but at a party on an island in the Aegean Sea, her husband, Richard, a banker, and her precious four-year-old daughter, Jill, were murdered. Nell fell from a balcony during the struggle with the killer and she was so badly injured that she needed plastic surgery.
After the surgery, Nell's appearance changed to that of a lovely woman, but inside, she was still a shell. When she learned that her family had been murdered, she went into depression.
Nicholas Tanek was at the party and felt somewhat responsible for th killings. He tells Nell that the man responsible is Phillipe Gardeaux, and that the killings were carried out by Gardeaux's man, Paul Maritz. Niholas informs Nell that Gardeaux is a criminal and attempting to gain prestige and position with the Columbian drug lords. After learning who ordered her family killed, Nell has a new reason to live, revenge!
The author does a nice job in describing Nell's progress into a woman possessed with the desire for vengence. She begins undergoing physical strengthening and learning offense skills to use against the killer.
Nicholas is a minor criminal himself but doesn't deal in drugs. He tells Nell that he will continue to pursue Gardeaux for her but Nell insists that she wants to be part of the revenge, with his help.
This is a fast moving story with a number of interesting characters. I enjoyed reading it and seeing the plot develop.