Books > The Godmother
Gina Moretti begins to worry when her goddaughter, Marisol, doesn’t come home from work at the usual time and doesn’t respond to text messages. There is evidence in Marisol’s room that she plans to stay overnight with someone, and since she has no friends from school or from the neighborhood, she might have gone to stay with someone she met on the internet. But the girl has taken her laptop and her smartphone with her, leaving no trail. The only clue emerges from her history. When she was almost seven Marisol was adopted from an orphanage in Honduras by Gina’s brother and sister-in-law, who at the time thought they couldn’t have children. After they had three children of their own they decided they couldn’t handle Marisol, and they turned her over to Gina and her husband, who had a long relationship with her since she had spent weekends with them from the time she was adopted. Over the past four years they have given her a parental love that she never experienced before, but on the eve of her graduation from high school, she disappears. With the help of the local police, they learn that Marisol has evidently gone to meet someone in Honduras who claims to know where her birth mother is, so they follow her trail to the city with the highest murder rate in the world.