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Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite
Cleverly plotted and masterfully accomplished, Down to the Needle by Mary Deal is a great entry in the genres of suspense, mystery, and thriller, a story that follows one woman’s gritty investigation to solve an abduction that happened twenty-three years ago. It takes a lot of cleverness and skill to weave a yarn that combines strong elements from different genres into a satisfying read, and Deal has that skill. Abi Fisher has been searching for her daughter — abducted when she was just five years old — for two decades, a search that has brought her into contact with grave danger and dangerous people.
Now she learns about the Death Row inmate, Megan Winnaker, who should be the same age as her daughter, and feels an irresistible urge to determine if Megan and her daughter are the same person. Should her last appeal fail, Megan would be headed for a lethal injection in a few months for a crime she never committed. Abi is racing against time to uncover the truth, but there are powerful forces poised to prevent the truth from coming out.
This is the book for you if you love well-imagined and rock-solid characters, stories that are character-driven with sophisticated plot lines. I enjoyed the gritty investigation and the complexities in the plot. The reader is immediately excited to find out what could happen next, thanks to the well-crafted hook, the enticing prose, and the lively dialogues. Down to the Needle is a story that has huge potential to blow the reader’s mind, and the reader will feel as though they are part of the compelling cast of characters.