Monday, January 22, 2024

Review - The Girl in the Vault

Title:   The Girl in the Vault
Author:  Michael Ledwidge
Publisher:  Hanover Square Press
Genre:   Mystery & Thrillers
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   400
Date of Publication:  November 7, 2023 
My Rating:   4 Stars


A bold new stand-alone thriller from the longtime James Patterson coauthor.

It’s summer in New York City and Faye Walker has it all. She’s not only scored one of the most highly coveted internships on all of Wall Street, she’s also just met the head-over-heels love of her life. With her natural-born gift for numbers and a work ethic that knows no bounds, Faye is a shoo-in for a full-time position at the illustrious merchant bank Greene Brothers Hale. Then, just as she awaits her offer and her signing bonus, a treacherous betrayal arrives to shatter Faye’s plans and her young life.

But what her high finance masters-of-the-universe bosses don’t know is that Faye isn’t like any of the other interns. Having made her way past her humble small-town beginnings, for Faye, going back is not an option. That’s why Faye now has a new plan. One that involves Swiss watch timing, nerves of steel and ten million dollars in cold hard Wall Street cash.

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An internship she was desperate for was simply not enough for Faye Walker. She wants more, especially after meeting the man she plans to marry. Can the internship turn into a permanent job for Faye, and if it does, will it be enough for her.

Actually, definitely not.  Spurred on by the betrayal of a woman Faye once thought as a close friend, a friend who took the job Faye was angling for, sets Faye on a path of vindictiveness and Faye begins planning more than one theft, actions that will leave her set for life.

While Faye sets a meticulous plan in action, there is the side story of her friend Cavan who is working hard to earn his green card, and that makes up a part of Michael Ledwidge's latest novels. All the while, Faye, while offering emotional support to Cavan, continues on with a plan for a huge heist.

When the story focuses on the heist that Faye was planning, it reminded me of movies like Ocean's 11.  It was so hard not to root for Faye even though what was legal and honest apparently was not in her playbook. This exciting read led to a thrilling and surprising conclusion.

Many thanks to Hanover Square Press and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


MICHAEL LEDWIDGE is the writer of seventeen novels, the last dozen being New York Times bestsellers cowritten with one of the world’s bestselling authors, James Patterson. With twenty million copies in print, their Michael Bennett series is the highest-selling New York City detective series of all time. One of their novels, Zoo, became a three-season CBS television series. He lives in Connecticut.

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