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Flight of the Starling

by Christine Merser & Carol Rea

Set in the opulent world of the Hamptons and Palm Beach, Justine, a wealthy divorcee, finds herself caught in a web of intrigue and emotional turmoil. Her life of luxury is interrupted when she becomes entangled in a deeply personal quest for justice. Among her circle of wealthy friends is Robert Bradbury, a mega millionaire who has spent the last two decades desperately searching for his daughter, Caroline, who was tragically trafficked years ago. Determined to bring her home, Robert has assembled a team of former CIA agents to aid in his relentless pursuit. When the long-awaited breakthrough finally comes and the investigators uncover a lead on Caroline's whereabouts, Robert approaches Justine with a bold and risky proposition. He asks her to assume the identity of the woman responsible for trafficking his daughter, believing this undercover plan is the key to reunite with Caroline. Reluctantly, Justine agrees, propelled by her empathy and the chance to make a difference. As the plot unfolds, a complex connection emerges between the three women: the trafficked daughter, Justine, and the woman who caused unimaginable pain. As they delve into the depths of their intertwined lives, they uncover unexpected truths and challenge conventional notions of what it means to be saved.
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“Finally, a novel with a feminist view and a Grisham/Patterson pace. Heroine, Justine, doesn’t pull any punches. I not only rooted for her, I felt empowered by her.”

– JoAnn Cox, Writer and Director of Operations, Women in Film New England

“My dad was a champion of Christine’s writing. He told her to write her novel without regard for anyone but the plot and the characters. If he were alive, he would say she nailed the plot and the characters. Congratulations, Chris. Well done.’

– David Adler, son of Warren Adler Author War of the Roses and Random Hearts

“Justine takes on a dangerous assignment to search for the sex-trafficked daughter of a long-time friend. Inexperienced in the world of espionage, she draws on the strategic skills she learned over the backgammon table, weighing risks and changing game plans when the dice rolls bring danger. You won’t be able to put it down.”

– Karen Davis, Co-founder, Women’s World of Backgammon

"Flight of the Starling by Christine Merser & Carol Rea is a gripping narrative that intertwines elements of thrillers and drama, crafting a story that is filled with courage, redemption, and the significant impact of self-discovery."

-- Literary Titan Review

"One of the things I enjoyed most about the novel is its thoughtful exploration of themes like feminism, justice, revenge, and the consequences of actions. Through Justine’s eyes, the authors examine the intricacies of morality and the often blurred lines between right and wrong, prompting a reflective examination of personal beliefs and values."

-- Literary Titan Review

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