Rating: 5 of 5: TMBOA Recommended
Author: Ruth Fransisco
A naked, pregnant, teenage, American Indian girl is found floating face down – dead; detective Val Piccard is brought in to lead the case. As the investigation unfolds, the pieces don’t add up. The young girl, though she had a troubled past, was clearly on the path to recovery and making a life for herself. Piccard finds dead end after dead end while trying to uncover who would commit such a brutal murder. Was it just fate? Could it have been simply her being in the wrong place at the wrong time?
Across town, Cecily Scott desperately tries to save her father who is in dire need of a kidney transplant. After having herself tested to see if she is a match, she learns the shocking truth – not only is she not a match, but genetic tests confirm she isn’t even related. Thus begins her journey to find her biological parents.
Ruth Fransisco Primal Wound is a compelling read of two interweaving stories lines. Clearly the reader knows that these arcs must at some point intersect – but how? Fransisco expertly gets the reader into Cecily’s head in her quest to find her biological family. She slowly shows us how Cecily step by step goes from investigating, to stalking, to interfering, and how all of it could seem quite reasonable as events escalate as the chapters unfold. Frankly, I could not turn the pages fast enough.
While some actions seem a bit out of character for Cecile, I think this was Fransisco’s point – that the primal wound she endured is so embedded in who she is she isn’t even aware of its impact. The ending was definitely satisfying, but I enjoyed the slow buildup of tension and the unraveling of Cecily’s psyche. Primal Wound is a gripping, compelling, and disturbingly good tale.