The Midnight Before Christmas

The Midnight Before Christmas

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Thirtysomething lawyer Megan McGee is facing a quiet Christmas with her bulldog when Bonnie Cantrell, a battered wife, comes looking for legal protection from her violent ex-cop husband, Carl. In a recent bout of rage, Carl vowed to kill their seven-year-old son, Tommy, rather than be separated from the boy. It's no idle threat, either--as Bonnie assures Megan: "He's tried before."

And when Tommy's school unwittingly allows him to leave with his father, Carl gets his chance to try again. Now, with the town all but shut down for the holiday, Megan races against time--and terror--to keep Carl's Christmas Eve jaunt from turning into a slay ride.

Baker & Taylor
Attorney Megan McGee confronts an unexpectedly dangerous holiday when she takes on the case of Bonnie Thomas, whose estranged husband, Carl, a former cop with a violent temper and a drinking problem, threatens to kill their young son, Tommy, rather than give him up

Baker
& Taylor

Lawyer Megan McGee's plans for a quiet Christmas are shattered when a battered wife arrives on her doorstep seeking protection from her violent ex-cop husband, and Megan is quickly engaged in a race against time to save the woman's son from her husband. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1999
ISBN: 9780345428110
0345428110
Characteristics: 225 p. ; 18 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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