Web of Secrets – Ernesto Patino, Author – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat
“Sarah? Sarah Baker?” said a man with a raspy voice. “I know this may sound a little strange, considering you don’t know me. But I happen to be in possession of some interesting information concerning your parents – your natural parents, that is – and I thought we might…”
This phone call became the beginning of many changes to come in Sara Baker’s life. Of course the blackmailer wanted money. And due to the information this man threatened to make public, Sarah’s husband Mark agreed to pay. But the information did more than threaten their comfortable lives. It sparked Sarah’s desire to know more about her parents who had given her up many years ago. That’s when she turned to 20 year FBI veteran turned private investigator Joe Coopersmith.
Through Joe’s research, he discovers that Sarah’s mother died in a fire in 1965. He also finds Sarah to have 2 brothers and a sister. As he interviews them, he learns they too have been contacted by the blackmailer and they wanted him stopped. The information held by this man would drastically alter their lives and totally destroy Sarah’s brother Hal’s future as a Conservative radio talk host. But they want something else as well. They want Sarah to give up her search for information on their father.
Sarah’s determination is strong and becomes even stronger when she learns her father is still living. She has questions about the past and he’s the only one living to provide the answers. No matter what her family says, nothing will make her give up in her quest of finding her father. Not even murder.
Patino takes you on a rollercoaster ride as you travel with Joe Coopersmith from Miami to Key West and then to Mobile ending on the Miccosukee Indian Reservation where the final answers are to be found. Web of Secrets is fast pace from beginning to end and a very enjoyable read.