“So mamacita, how much trouble are you in?” he asked, as he pulled out a chair for Nina and took the one across from her.
“I came to see you, didn’t I? That should be a clue.”
Sonny leaned back in his chair and clasped both hands behind his head as he studied her.
“You’re afraid. What are you running from?”
“My past. I was just minding my own business when it showed up uninvited.”
“Enough to put Louis Vuitton out of business.”
He laughed out loud as the waiter appeared to take their order. Nina ordered seafood with fried plantain chips; Sonny opted for red beans and rice with chicken.
“Sounds like unresolved personal issues. I don’t see where I fit in.”
Nina raked her fingers through her hair. “I wouldn’t have come if I didn’t think you could help me, Sonny.”
Had she put all her faith in one place? What if Sonny balked at her request? He could get in serious trouble if he ever got caught helping her and frankly, she had no right to ask him to risk his freedom for her. But what choice did she have?
“Tell me then. What’s got you so scared?”
“I made a decision years ago that probably saved my life. Not everyone was thrilled.”
“Are you in physical danger?” He leaned forward, his face anxious.
“I see. What can I do?”
“What you do best. Get in and out without a trace.” She felt vulnerable and exposed. Nina trusted Sonny but hated asking for favors.
“Wow. I suppose being a regular girl with regular problems is out of the question?”
“If I were, you wouldn’t give me a second thought.”
“You cut me deep, mamacita.”
“You’re not even supposed to know what I do for a living. If the agency finds out you came to me for help, I could be in serious trouble.”
She hadn’t thought her mere presence could put Sonny in jeopardy. She squeezed her eyes tightly, willing him to come to her rescue.
“But I owe you. You had my back when no one else did. I haven’t forgotten. I’ll help you on my personal time, away from work.”
She didn’t realize she was shaking. When she opened her eyes, Sonny’s hands were covering hers.
“I’m sorry,” she said. “I thought I saw my life being flushed down the toilet.”
“Not as long as I’m around.”
She punched him playfully in the arm. “That’s for scaring me.”
He pretended to be injured. “I would never say no to you, Nina.”
“I couldn’t take our friendship for granted.”
“Friendship, huh? Whose fault was that?”
“It wouldn’t have worked between us. It was better to spare you.”
“You didn’t invite me to your wedding.”
“Would you have come?”
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Boston executive Nina Kasai has been living a lie since her days as a student at Stanford University. But she's about to learn that some secrets are too big to stay buried.
Years ago, Nina fled from her life of wealth and privilege and vowed never to look back. The horrifying truth has been locked away in her hidden diary, and in the mind of a disturbed woman who will never tell, ever. However, the perfect life she's since created is about to come crashing down when Phillip Copeland --a ghost from her past with political ambition and secrets of his own, makes Nina an offer she can't refuse: her silence in exchange for his.
Soon, it all goes horribly wrong when a shocking double-cross sends Nina reeling, and devastating loss threatens to push her over the edge. To make matters worse, her diary, the only link to her secret past has been stolen.
To reclaim her life and bring this twisted game to its stunning conclusion, Nina must confront the past she's been running from, and find the courage to make a life-altering decision that leaves multiple casualties in its wake.
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Genre - Psychological Suspense
Rating – R
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