About the Book
From former NPR correspondent Mary Louise Kelly comes a heart-pounding story about fear, family secrets, and one woman's hunt for answers about the murder of her parents.
Caroline Cashion, a professor of French literature at Georgetown University, is stunned when an MRI reveals that she has a bullet lodged near the base of her skull. It makes no sense: she has never been shot. She has no entry wound. No scar. When she confronts her parents, they initially profess bewilderment. Then, over the course of one awful evening, she learns the truth: she was adopted when she was three years old, after her real parents were murdered in cold blood. Caroline had been there the night of the attack, and she was hit by a single gunshot to the neck. Buried too deep among vital nerves and blood vessels, the surgeons had left it, and stitched up the traumatized little girl with the bullet still inside.
That was thirty-four years ago.
Now, Caroline returns to her hometown to learn whatever she can about who her parents were and why they died. Along the way she meets a cop who worked the case, who reveals that even after all these years, the police do not have enough evidence to nail their suspect. The killer is still at large. Caroline is in danger: the bullet in her neck could identify the murderer, and he'll do anything to keep it out of the police hands. Now Caroline will have to decide: run for her life, or stay and fight?
"...Sometimes justice is served in ways that have precious little to do with the criminal justice system..."
There is no way of knowing how life will change. No way of knowing when the phone will ring or a stranger will show up on your doorstep. One minute, life is perfectly normal and the next it is irrevocably changed.
When a painful twinge in her wrist becomes too much to endure, Caroline Cashion heads to the doctor. The MRI results show she has spent the majority of her 34 years on this earth carrying around a bullet in her neck. A bullet.
And so unravels the story of where the bullet came from. How did such a thing come to be? Had she really been shot and live to tell about it? But what is there to tell?
Mary Louise Kelly tells a gripping story full of adventure, twists, and emotion in her latest novel, The Bullet. It is a tale of love and loss, tragedy, and adventure. Of old experiences and fresh starts. But at the heart of the story is a terrified little girl that has grown into an intelligent woman that cannot let the past go. Once the bullet is discovered, Caroline will go to any length to find the truth. But sometimes with truth, there can be no closure.
After traveling across the country, then across the world, Caroline must face the facts and determine the fate that lies in front of her.
In life, there are no guarantees. And Kelly plots that out in a way that is fresh and riveting. How would the story end? "The scales are not yet balanced. Laid before me then, a choice...It is mine to decide when this story will end. For now, I rise" because after all, what else can we do?
Guest Review by Kate Kelly
About the Author
Mary Louise Kelly spent two decades traveling the world as a reporter for NPR and the BBC. Her assignments have taken her from grimy Belfast bars to the glittering ports of the Persian Gulf, and from mosques in Hamburg to the ruined deserts of Iraq. As an NPR correspondent covering the spy beat and the Pentagon, she reported on wars, terrorism, and rising nuclear powers. A Georgia native, her first job was working as a staff writer at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Kelly was educated at Harvard University and at Cambridge University in England. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and their two children.