When Melody Grace McCartney was six-years-old, her parents walked in on a mafia hit and walked out as someone different. Entering the Witness Protection Program they left behind all they had- home, job, and normal lives for supposed security.
But a life on the lam is no life at all. Melody exists but is afraid to form bonds knowing that at any time those tenuous ties can be ripped away.
When she meets Johnny Bovaro, the son of the man she is hiding from and the one sent to kill her she is drawn to him and him to her. To him she is the girl who has dominated his family’s every waking thought. To her, he is the man with whom she can finally be herself. And when he whispers her name- her real name- she falls in love.
The girl she used to be is a thought provoking novel about freedom and those who will reach for it at any cost. 4/5 stars