" A fast paced reading. I liked the way the author gave us background to the main character (Lin), then jumped forward 17 years to when her son is entering NYU. We didn't have to wade through his growing up years which were immaterial to the story. Young girl (Lin) is raised in an abusive environment and is thrown out of her house with only the clothes on her back when her father discovers she is pregnant. She manages to raise her son and make something of herself. As her son enters NYU, she attends the welcoming ceremony for freshman, and lo and behold, the father of her son is the guest speaker. The son does not know his father is even alive. Lin has carried with her, for all these years, the letters she wrote to the father but were returned, all stamped "return to sender". She's furious she had to struggle to have money for food and he's a rich SOB. Revenge: she wants him to know what it's like to have no money and no control of his life and to sully his reputation. And she takes action to do just that with the help of a private eye who used to work for this SOB and is more than willing to assist her. The father is not a nice man, he treats his driver, his housekeeper, his wife, his employees, his lawyer, his accountant, like dirt. I wanted to see something bad happen to him. Then I took a step back and felt ashamed that I was wanting something bad to happen to him at the hands of another (not murder, just something bad). Although the ending was predictable, I have misgivings about the means to the end. This is the same author that writes the Sisterhood books, the women who work together to bring justice to wrong-doers when the judicial system has failed. There's a trend here in her writings and I'm now curious what her background and youth was like that leads her to write about women making things "right". "
— Alison, 1/2/2014