Picks and Pans Review: The Girl She Used to Be

updated 04/06/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/06/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by David Cristofano |

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Melody Grace McCartney, the 26-year-old at the center of this intense debut, has been in the witness protection program since she happened upon a Mob-related murder as a child. Forced to bounce from town to nondescript town to stay undercover, she resigns herself to a lonely life—until she meets a man from the old crime family who knows exactly who she is. They begin a relationship, trying to stay a step ahead of the Feds and the Mob as they go. Their speedy romance feels a bit forced, but the emotions of a woman caught in Melody's unlikely scenario ring deliciously, scarily true.

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