In Allis’ debut novel, one woman’s journey out of an abusive marriage begins when the Twin Towers fall.
On Sept. 11, 2001, Kathy Stockton is in her Upper East Side home preparing to meet Jessica, her brother’s widow, for the first time; her brother died in a freak accident days earlier. She gets a phone call telling her that Jessica is in the hospital after hitting her head while trying to prevent a woman from being hit by a car. Kathy races to the hospital and learns that the woman she thinks is Jessica has injuries unrelated to her fall, “consistent with…repeated beatings.” Kathy takes the amnesiac woman back to her luxurious brownstone to recover, and the woman realizes that her name is actually Anissa Brogdon. She saved Jessica from getting run over, and paramedics thought Jessica’s identification was hers; Anissa’s abusive husband, Tennessee plastic surgeon Foley Brogdon, had taken her own wallet, purse and even her shoes to ensure she would remain in their hotel room near the Twin Towers while he attended a conference. Despite his abuse, Anissa immediately demands to call him—until Kathy shares that she too was a victim of violence from her own, now-deceased husband. Kathy realizes that the events of 9/11 have given Anissa an opportunity to recreate her life. She whisks Anissa away to Georgia, where she helps her start anew, but will she ever be able to escape Foley? Allis’ novel is extremely ambitious, taking on 9/11 and including a wide range of characters. An ambitious, sprawling novel…Kirkus Reviews
A FALSE START STARTS WITHIN THE MESS OF 9/11.
A False Start starts within the mess of 9/11. At the beginning the book seems somewhat predictable but if you just hang in there it takes you on a ride you wouldn’t believe. The characters become your best friends and some of your worst enemies. By the end of the book you want it to go on and on so you know more about their lives. Hurry up sequel! I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good suspense novel with characters you grow to love. Ann A.
THIS BOOK READS LIKE A VERY EXCITING MOVIE,
This book reads like a very exciting movie, the characters are very real and familiar, the book draws you into the story and u cannot settle until u know what happens. My bookclub read this book and we are all demanding a sequel and hopefully a movie. Charmaine R.
A GREAT BOOK FROM START TO FINISH
A great book from start to finish. I couldn’t put it down. I just wish the protagonist had received a worse punishment! J R Carter
THIS WAS A GREAT BOOK, A GOOD STORY…
This was a great book, a good story…I couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait for the next one! Nancy P.
KRIS ALLIS IS A GENIUS! DR. J. FISHER
Kris Allis is a genius! Dr. J. Fisher