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    WITHOUT A WORD - CAROL LEA BENJAMIN

Rachael Alexander takes her pitbull for a run each day in New York City's Washington's Square Park dog run.  A man came up to Rachael.  She had seen him at the park before.  She could easily tell by the look on his face that something was wrong. 

The man's name was Leon.  He told Rachael that he needed her to find his wife.  He explained it really wasn't for him but for his daughter, Madison.  Apparently, his wife took their dog, Roy, outside one night and never returned.  This was the last time Leon saw both of them. 

Rachael asked several questions such as did his wife have a driver's license and Leon explained that they did not have a car.  Rachael asked Leon if his daughter was pregnant and if this was the problem.  Leon stated she was not pregnant but was being accused of murdering her doctor.  Rachael asked if Leon confronted her about the murder.  Leon indicated that his daughter quit speaking ever since the disappearance of her mother.  The only thing the daughter did was draw pictures. 

The doctor was giving Leon's daughter shots of botox because she had some tics in her facial muscles and this treatment was supposed to make the face look normal.  However, something went terribly wrong and her face was now a mess.  The doctor said the situation would go away but her eyelid started to droop and this really freaked her out. 

One of the detectives believed that Madison had a history of violence and as a result of her botched treatment was very angry with Dr. Bechman.  Madison was the doctor's last patient in the afternoon.  The receptionist was there when Madison showed up but not when she left.  When the receptionist returned to the office she found the doctor dead. 

Although Madison won't speak for herself, Rachael is certain that she is innocent and is determined to prove it.  Once Rachael gets involved in the case she starts to uncover more complex issues. 

Is Rachael able to communicate with Madison in order to help prove her innocence?

This book will take hold of you from the very first page.  It has an exciting plot that will keep your interest going throughout the book.  The author does an excellent job with the characters, has a very smooth writing style and is a terrific storyteller.    Madison will especially captivate you.  This book is a real page turner so once you start reading be sure to put some time aside because you won't want to put the book down.  Be prepared for some real surprises toward the end of the book.  This one is highly recommended. 

REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, NANCY EATON

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