Hudson Catalina by Linda Merlino
One day has the power to change a life forever…
During a Nor'easter that pounds Cape Ann, Massachusetts, Hudson Catalina—wife, mother and breast cancer victim—makes her regular chemotherapy treatment despite a loss of hope, then sets off in the family's old pickup to find all-occasion decorations for her daughter's fifth birthday party.
But fate has other plans for Hudson.
At Whales Market, she meets Willy Wu, an autistic grocery cart collector, and Ruby Desmond, the storeowner. Destiny has brought the three together to be taken hostage by a killer more brutal than any form of cancer.
Now Hudson Catalina must face her darkest fear—her demon…death.
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"A riveting story, both powerful and poignant in its telling. Merlino's immense talent shines on every page." —Howard Roughan, New York Times bestselling author of "The Promise of a Lie."
"A Novel way to regain the will to live. Ridgefield author, Linda Merlino has a powerful tale to tell in her second novel." —Carole Goldberg, The Hartford Courant
"In a day and age of a struggling publishing industry just when you are about to lose hope in the literati, this kind of writing makes you find new hope yet again." —Zinta Aistars, writer and editor for The Smoking Poet Magazine
"From the very first page, author Linda Merlino tugged at my heartstrings, luring me in like a lost fish. I admit I put up little resistance, eagerly devouring each word…hook, line and sinker…" —Betty Dravis, author of 1106 Grand Boulevard
"This is easily the best mystery I have read in many a moon. I hope Ms. Merlino has another one as good out very soon." —Robert Parks, author of Convoy