Cristofano, David "The Girl She Used to Be" - 2009
The story about a young girl who lived under a wrong name most of her life because her parents had to enter the witness protection program.
I loved this book. The style of the author's writing kept me interested all the time. I don't know much about the witness protection program, I always thought it must be difficult to leave your whole life behind in order not to get killed. But this woman didn't even have the chance to get a life. And then there's a twist at the end .... Fascinating.
From the back cover:
"When Melody Grace McCartney was six years old, she and her parents witnessed an act of violence so brutal that it changed their lives forever. The federal government lured them into the Witness Protection Program with the promise of safety, and they went gratefully. But the program took Melody's name, her home, her innocence, and, ultimately, her family. She's been May Adams, Karen Smith, Anne Johnson, and countless others - everyone but the one person she longs to be: herself. So when the feds spirit her off to begin yet another new life in another town, she's stunned when a man confronts her and calls her by her real name. Jonathan Bovaro, the mafioso sent to hunt her down, knows her, the real her, and it's a dangerous thrill that Melody can't resist. He's insistent that she's just a pawn in the government's war against the Bovaro family. But can she trust her life and her identity to this vicious stranger whose acts of violence are legendary?"